More about Research Theme 6: Models
PluriCourts seeks conclusions about paths and standards to establish, improve, or abolish international courts (ICs) in their institutional contexts on the basis of the legitimacy standards scrutinized and brought to bear from theother research topics. Several factors affect the opportunities and speed of such changes: their historical origins and path dependencies; and some governments’ preferences for political, bilateral action, or for regional alternatives. When do ICs modify their interpretations or modes of deference in light of legitimacy concerns or to preempt state action? The preference of some states to renationalize authority underscores the need to understand how states may coordinate - or block - changes which affect the normative and social legitimacy of ICs’ authority to adjudicate disputes, review, or make law.