Assessing the Contribution of the International Judiciary to the Rule of Law

During this MultiRights seminar Professor Dr. Jan Wouters will present his paper "Assessing the contribution of the international judiciary to the rule of law: elements of a roadmap".

The paper develops an analytical framework to assess the contribution of international and supranational courts and tribunals to the rule of law at international, regional, and domestic levels. After a brief historical overview of the rise of international adjudication, it clarifies the distinction between supranational and international bodies and explores possible interpretations of the concept of the rule of law. Subsequently, the paper places the international judiciary in its political context and analyzes the institutional safeguards of the courts’ independence and impartiality. Finally, the paper provides a preliminary comparative analysis of the many ways in which international courts may arguably strengthen the rule of law and concludes by taking a closer look at the remaining challenges that the international judiciary faces today.


The MultiRights seminars are organised by the MultiRights project on the multi-level human rights judiciary. They provide a forum for discussions for researchers from various backgrounds, including law, philosophy and political science. The seminars take place on a regular basis on Tuesdays and are open for all.

Tags: Human Rights
Published Apr. 14, 2015 2:43 PM - Last modified Dec. 15, 2017 10:04 AM