The Performance of International Courts

PluriCourts and Temple University are organizing a book workshop on the performance of international courts and tribunals.

Conwell Hall, Temple University

Detail at the base of an arch at Conwell Hall, Temple University. Photo credit: Kuhn

There is a great deal of variation in the performance of international courts. This observation raises several critical questions. How should we think about performance in this context? How can performance be measured? Why do some ICs perform better than others? What are the determinants of variation in the performance of these courts? Are there ways to improve the performance of international courts? These are the concerns that have motivated the analyses gathered for this workshop and upcoming volume.

While prior studies have tended to focus on specific questions relating either to the design or to the effects of international courts, we develop an integrative framework for the study of the performance of ICs. Using this framework, we present an empirical assessment of the performance of international courts that considers both the results that courts produce and the procedures guiding their operation. We explore factors that may explain the patterns of performance we observe.

Workshop participants: For the workshop papers, please see the link at the upper right corner or click here.

This is a closed workshop.

Published Aug. 21, 2015 3:58 PM - Last modified Aug. 10, 2016 12:58 PM