Research Topic 2: The Function of International Courts and Tribunals

Another important aspect when deciding whether authority is legitimate concerns how it is exercised. Research Topic 2 thus addresses relevant aspects of the International Courts and Tribunals' (ICs’) organization, composition and procedures. They include rules of recruitment, and formalized and informal opportunities to influence decisions by central actors such as states, individuals or non-governmental organizations, as well as how the rules and procedures reflect particular legal traditions and theories. Some aspects are common to many ICs, but others are unique to each, with ‘family resemblance’ at most.

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