Inherent powers of international courts and tribunals: certain critical reflections

PluriCourts Lunch Seminar with Guest Researcher Yifeng Chen.

The presentation will explore the doctrine and practice of inherent powers as applied in international judicial practice especially in procedural matters. It will then examine different theories that are proclaimed to justify the inherent powers, as the practice of various judicial institutions also vary considerably. The presentation highlights the normative uncertainty as well as the internal tensions embedded with the inherent powers doctrine. To a certain extent the inherent power doctrine is but a subjective projection of what an institution of justice is desirable to be and how justice is to be administrated. It is therefore also important to pay heed to the heterogeneity of different judicial cultures.


PluriCourts Seminars are a forum for pluridisciplinary discussion of core issues relating to international courts and tribunals. PluriCourts scholars or invited speakers present new and ongoing research or comment on current questions. The seminars are open to everyone.

Published May 22, 2019 10:59 AM - Last modified Aug. 21, 2019 3:13 PM