The Political and Legal Theory of International Courts and Tribunals

This workshop will bring together scholars of philosophy, political theory and legal theory who study one or more regional and international courts and tribunals (ICs).


States have established manifold regional and international ICs to resolve disputes, interpret treaties, and deter illegal behavior. These ICs cover a range of issues including, human rights, trade, investment, border disputes, and international crimes. ICs’ competences, level of authority, method of interpretation, and geographical reach widely vary. ICs’ increase in number and influence has spawned controversy and complaints, often phrased as charges that they are illegitimate.



The workshop aims at clarifying the various senses in which they might be illegitimate, and to evaluate such criticism and proposed responses. The workshop welcomes both abstract and practice-focused perspectives on those issues.


Call for Papers

We currently invite papers addressing one or more IC, on themes such as:

  • The appropriate legitimacy standards for ICs from the perspectives of history of ideas and/or contemporary legal and political theory, such as human rights, transparency, or rule of law;
  • Their multilevel separation of authority, and its impact on adjudication;
  • Law and morality in international adjudication;
  • Norm-indeterminacy and international adjudication;
  • Specialization and fragmentation in ICs;
  • ICs and the international rule of law;
  • Independence and accountability of ICs;
  • International judicial review and democracy;
  • IC performance, ranging from securing states’ objectives to global justice;
  • The comparative advantages of ICs;
  • Best practices and models for ICs;
  • IR theory perspectives on ICs.


Selection Process

The selection process will be completed by the end of January. All authors will be notified after the selection process has been completed.


Tags: Legitimacy, Effects, Human Rights, Criminal law, Trade, Investment
Published Sep. 13, 2017 3:26 PM - Last modified Mar. 5, 2018 9:09 AM