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Our research

PluriCourts studies the legitimacy of international courts and tribunals (ICs) from legal, political science and philosophical perspectives. The centre explores the normative, legal and empirical soundness of charges of illegitimacy, to understand and assess how ICs do, could and should respond.

PluriCourts explores the multidimensional legitimacy standards  which include multilevel separation of authority, independence and accountability, performance and comparative advantages.

PluriCourts also aims to identify best practices and models to establish, improve or abolish ICs. 

Research News

Judge pointing at page in book

Teachings – used but not cited

In his new book 'The Application of Teachings by the International Court of Justice' Sondre Torp Helmersen, Associate Professor at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, illuminates the varied use of teachings in judgments by the International Court of Justice (ICJ).