Where is your tribunal? Bernard Loder (1849-1935) and the quest for international justice
Book chapter co-published by Freya Baetens in: S.P. Morris [Ed.] The League of Nations and the Development of International Law: A New Intellectual History of the Advisory Committee of Jurists (Routledge 2021).
The book chapter entitled ‘Where is your tribunal? Bernard Loder (1849-1935) and the quest for international justice’ is co-published by Freya Baetens and Veronica Lavista.
The book chapter deals with the life of Bernard Loder and his contributions to the development of international law. Loder sat on the Supreme Court of the Netherlands from 1908 to 1921 and served on the committee that drew up the Statue of the Permanent Court of International Justice in 1920. He was a judge of that court from 1921 to 1930, serving as its first president until 1924.
The volume examines the contributions to International Law of individual members of the Advisory Committee of Jurists in the League of Nations, and the broader national and discursive legal traditions of which they were representative. It adopts a biographical approach that complements existing legal narratives.
Pre-1914 visions of a liberal international order influenced the post-1919 world based on the rule of law in civilised nations. This volume focuses on leading legal personalities of this era. It discusses the scholarly work of the ACJ wise men, their biographical notes, and narrates their contribution as legal scholars and founding fathers of the sources of international law that culminated in their drafting of the statute of the Permanent Court of International Justice, the forerunner of the International Court of Justice. The book examines visions of world law in a liberal international order through social theory and constructivism, historical examination of key developments that influenced their career and their scholarly writings and international law as a science.