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.

Tags: Legitimacy, Effects, Human Rights, Criminal law, Trade, Investment
Published Sep. 13, 2017 3:26 PM - Last modified Apr. 7, 2020 4:00 PM