14 September 2018

Special Issue: Resistance against International Courts


The “Special Issue International Journal of Law in Context: Resistance to International Courts” has been released. It analyses instances of backlash in various regions of the world and establishes an analytical framework to study these challenges to international institutions.

Resistance to International Courts


By bringing together expertise on a variety of international courts and providing an analytical framework, the Special Issue is a unique tool for legal practitioners, students of law and international affairs, researchers and policy makers with an interest in international justice regimes.

Most international courts, from the well-known (e.g. the ICC) to the more obscure (e.g. SADC Tribunal), have over the course of their history faced some kind of resistancebacklash or non-compliance. What triggers this resistance depends entirely on context and can vary greatly from case to case, as shown in the infographic.

This Special Issue brings together different cases from all over the world, allowing for a comparison of the various strategies of resistance faced by different international courts: non-compliance (e.g. the European Court of Justice), questioning the development of the law (e.g. Trinidad and Tobago vs. the Inter-American Court) or resistance against establishing a court in the first place (e.g. the African Court).

The Special Issue was co-edited by Mikael Rask Madsen (iCourts, University of Copenhagen), Pola Cebulak (University of Amsterdam) and Micha Wiebusch (Institute of Development Policy, UAntwerp; SOAS; UNU-CRIS).

Read the Special Issue here:

Special Issue International Journal of Law in Context: Resistance to International Courts