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In Whose Name?: A Public Law Theory of International Adjudication - International Courts and Tribunals Series (Paperback)
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In Whose Name?: A Public Law Theory of International Adjudication - International Courts and Tribunals Series (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 10/03/2016
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The vast majority of all international judicial decisions have been issued since 1990. This increasing activity of international courts over the past two decades is one of the most significant developments within the international law. It has repercussions on all levels of governance and has challenged received understandings of the nature and legitimacy of international courts. It was previously held that international courts are simply instruments of dispute settlement, whose activities are justified by the consent of the states that created them, and in whose name they decide. However, this understanding ignores other important judicial functions, underrates problems of legitimacy, and prevents a full assessment of how international adjudication functions, and the impact that it has demonstrably had. This book proposes a public law theory of international adjudication, which argues that international courts are multifunctional actors who exercise public authority and therefore require democratic legitimacy. It establishes this theory on the basis of three main building blocks: multifunctionality, the notion of an international public authority, and democracy. The book aims to answer the core question of the legitimacy of international adjudication: in whose name do international courts decide? It lays out the specific problem of the legitimacy of international adjudication, and reconstructs the common critiques of international courts. It develops a concept of democracy for international courts that makes it possible to constructively show how their legitimacy is derived. It argues that ultimately international courts make their decisions, even if they do not know it, in the name of the peoples and the citizens of the international community.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198784418
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 490 g
Dimensions: 232 x 156 x 18 mm


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The expansive growth and influence of international courts, tribunals, and quasi-judicial bodies (ICTs) fuels well deserved interest across disciplines far beyond public international law, including political science and political philosophy. How are we to describe, explain, and assess this partial abdication of sovereignty by the main actors of a (formerly) state-centric world order? Armin von Bogdandy and Ingo Venzke have again joined forces to illuminate these profound issues of the functions and legitimacy of ICTs, tying together and expanding on previous valuable insights. * Andreas Follesdal, Opinio Juris *
In their dedicated work the two authors find that the received function of international courts as inter-state dispute settlers has been significantly expanded. Von Bogdandy and Venzke succeed in striking a comprehensible tone, which shows the consequences [of international adjudication] for the lives of the readers. * Berthold Merkle, Neue Zuricher Zeitung *
The international law study In Whose Name contributes to the theory of global governance with rare analytical clarity. This book will quickly become unavoidable reading. Thanks to this work, the cosmopolitical landscape will be accessible for legal lay persons. * Elisabeth von Thadden, Die Zeit *

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