Annual Workshop on The Political and Legal Theory of International Courts and Tribunals 2020

Independence, accountability, and domination in International Courts

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. We especially invite papers that address one or more such ICs concerning the following themes. The workshop welcomes both abstract and practice-focused perspectives.



  • December 1, 2019 Expression of interest with provisional paper title, abstract (max. 400 words),
  • January 13, 2020 Decisions on acceptance of proposals
  • January 24, 2020 Deadline to apply for travel grant (please indicate costs of flights and hotel and the amount you request a grant for)
  • July 1, 2020 Draft papers due
  • July 20-21, 2020 Workshop

About PluriCourts

PluriCourts is a multidisciplinary Centre of Excellence whose overriding research objective is to analyze and assess the legitimate present and future roles of this international judiciary in the global legal order. Why and when are these international courts and tribunals legitimate authorities, whose decisions should enjoy deference by various domestic and international ‘compliance communities’? The PluriCourts Research Plan is available here:

Published Nov. 26, 2019 11:50 AM - Last modified July 1, 2020 9:55 AM