Book launch with Sondre Torp Helmersen: «The Application of Teachings by the International Court of Justice»

Sondre Torp Helmersen will present his new book The Application of Teachings by the International Court of Justice (Cambridge University Press 2021).

Stock photo of the International Court of Justice

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The book launch is organised by NFIR, the Norwegian branch of the International Law Association (ILA). It will take place during NFR’s member meeting on Wednesday October 13 at 15:00. The meeting will be in a hybrid format, but those who wish are welcome to attend physically at The Faculty of Law’s new building Domus Juridica in Augusts gate 17. The meeting will be in room 6223 on the sixth floor.

Those who wish to attend on Zoom can do so by using this link.

During the book launch, author and Senior Research Fellow Sondre Torp Helmersen will present the book whereas Senior Research Fellow Jörg Kammerhofer will give prepared comments.

Summary of the book:

How do the judges of the International Court of Justice, the most authoritative court in international law, use teachings when deciding cases?

This book is the first book-length examination of how teachings are used in an important international institution. It uses three different methodologies: a traditional legal analysis, an empirical analysis where citations of teachings are counted and interviews with judges and staff.

Three main patterns are identified: teachings have generally low weight, but this weight varies between different works and between different judges. The book suggests explanations for the patterns it identifies, in order to contribute to understanding not only when and how teachings are used, but also why, and compares the Court’s practice with that of other international courts and tribunals. This study fills a gap in the international legal literature and will be essential reading for scholars and practicing international lawyers.


Tags: International Court of Justice, International Law
Published Sep. 28, 2021 3:43 PM - Last modified Sep. 30, 2021 11:29 AM