New Visitor at iCourts Krzysztof J. Pelc – University of Copenhagen

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24 May 2013

New Visitor at iCourts Krzysztof J. Pelc

Krzysztof PelcKrzysztof Pelc is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at McGill University, Montreal. His research is on the design of international rules, with a focus on international trade. This work has appeared in, among other journals, International Organization; World Politics, the International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the World Trade Review, and the Journal of International Economic Law. He is currently completing a book manuscript on the politics of flexibility in trade, entitled “Making and Bending Trade Rules: Resolving the WTO’s Architectural Challenge. This year he began a project looking at the notion of precedent in international law, under the title “Words Matter”. The objective of the project is to relate the wording of legal opinions to legal and political outcomes. He will present the first part of this research to iCourts to begin a conversation about the underlying theoretical and empirical questions, which lie at the intersection of law, international relations, and economics.

The next step in the "Words Matter" project will consist in applying the theory to other legal setting,  especially supranational  European courts, such as the ECHR and the ECJ. The interdisciplinary group at iCourts is ideally suited to discuss the extension of the project to these new settings. The hope is that such a comparative exercise,  looking at the same theoretical questions across different legal institutions, will be fruitful on all sides.