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Assessing the Effectiveness of International Courts$
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Yuval Shany

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199643295

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199643295.001.0001

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The Goals of International Courts

The Goals of International Courts

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(p.31) 2 The Goals of International Courts
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Assessing the Effectiveness of International Courts
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Yuval Shany

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199643295.003.0002

The goal-based approach, which ties effectiveness to goals, requires the development of different effectiveness benchmarks for international courts pursuing different goals. This chapter discusses four generic goals that all or almost all international courts have been encouraged explicitly or implicitly by their mandate providers to attain. However, it should be noted that that different international courts are expected to prioritize certain ultimate ends over others. As a result, not all generic goals are expected to exert equal influence over all international courts. These generic goals include supporting norms, resolving international disputes and problems, supporting regimes, and legitimizing public authority. The chapter also identifies idiosyncratic goals that international courts are expected to promote throughout their operation.

Keywords:   international court effectiveness, goal-based approach, mandate providers

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