PluriCourts studies the legitimacy of international courts and tribunals (ICs) from legal, political science and philosophical perspectives. The centre explores the normative, legal and empirical soundness of charges of illegitimacy, to understand and assess how ICs do, could and should respond.
PluriCourts explores the multidimensional legitimacy standards which include multilevel separation of authority, independence and accountability, performance and comparative advantages. PluriCourts also aims to identify best practices and models to establish, improve or abolish ICs.
PluriCourts' research plan describes the scope and focus of the work at the Centre.
Why and when do international Courts merit criticism and deference?
Vertical and horizontal relationships with international courts
Checks and balances and delegation problems of international courts
How do international Courts select, decide and justify cases?
When do international courts perform their functions better than alternative institutions and practices?
Standards to establish, improve, or abolish international courts
Multi-level human rights courts and tribunals at regional and international levels
Dispute settlement under the World Trade Organization (WTO)
International criminal courts and tribunals
Dispute settlement in a field without a specialized international court
International court with general jurisdiction
International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS)
Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU)