The Purpose and Limits of International Courts

The Purpose and Limits of International Courts

The proliferation of international courts and adjudicative bodies after the Second World War has had a deep impact on politics and policy at the level of nation state. Contentious social and political issues are increasingly submitted to the jurisdiction of international tribunals. While some have argued that this strengthens and reinforces the rule of law and enhances protection of human rights, other contend that it has detrimental effects on democracy. A wide range of actors are involved in bringing cases to international courts, including states, corporations, bar associations, national judges and constitutional courts, legal professionals, international networks of legal scholars, NGOs and intergovernmental organizations. Many of these actors support—with varying degrees of intensity—deciding political issues at international levels.  This has, in turn, generated resistance by groups opposed to international intervention in domestic political struggles. This conference will bring together scholars to reflect on the legitimacy, effectiveness, and quality of international adjudication across the world, with a special focus on the European experience.

Keynote speakers:

  • Lord Sumption (former Justice of United Kingdom Supreme Court)
  • John Larkin (former Attorney General for Northern Ireland):
  • Nigel Biggar (University of Oxford)

Paul Yowell (University of Oxford)
Kálmán Pócza (Mathias Corvinus Collegium)

Venue: Mathias Corvinus Collegium,  1113 Budapest, Tas vezér utca 3-7.
Date: 1-2 June 2023

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