International courts and the doctrinal channels of legal diplomacy – University of Copenhagen

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29 January 2016

International courts and the doctrinal channels of legal diplomacy

The article which stems from the Symposium: Doing Law Beyond the State: Methodological Questions in International and Transnational Legal Theory, held at Bristol University in 2013, introduces an analysis of the various legal instruments that allow international courts to contribute to the development of international law. The paper explains how these contributions are linked to a process through which international courts form and sustain an autonomous interpretation of what the law is within their jurisdiction.

The aim of the papers analysis is to identify the legal format that international courts use to respond doctrinally to the overall socio-political context of the legal disputes they aim to settle through their decisions. The paper argues that it is in this cross-field between law and politics that courts unfold a specific form of diplomacy that has been referred to as ‘legal diplomacy’.

The paper can be accessed here