International Courts: Legitimacy, Perception, and Outcomes

Discussion on how diversity - or lack of diversity - among international judges may influence courts' opinions and their legitimacy

Image of the Peace Palace building in the Hague

The Peace Palace in the Hague. Photo: Colourbox

Event co-hosted by ASIL's International Courts and Tribunals Interest Group and the American Bar Association's International Courts and Judicial Affairs committee. The recently published book 'Legitimacy of Unseen Actors in International Adjudication' and the forthcoming book on 'Identity and Diversity on the International Bench', both edited by Professor Freya Baetens, served as a starting point for the discussion. 

The event was recorded and is available online (external link).


  • Saadia Bhatty, Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP
  • Manuel Casas, Twenty Essex (Pupil)
  • Linda Strite Murnane, Colonel, US Air Force (Retired), Former Chief, Court Management Services, Special Tribunal for Lebanon and International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
  • Nicola Peart, Three Crowns LLP
  • Cesare Romano, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, Moderator
Published May 18, 2021 8:26 PM - Last modified May 18, 2021 8:26 PM