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Judicial diplomacy: international courts and legitimation

Squatrito, Theresa (2020) Judicial diplomacy: international courts and legitimation. Review of International Studies. ISSN 0260-2105 (In Press)

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Observers of international courts (ICs) note that several ICs carry out a broad range of nonjudicial activities, ranging from legal training workshops, public seminars and visits with public officials. Despite the growing prominence of these activities, they have received little attention by scholars. Seeking to fill this gap, this article examines these activities as a form of “judicial diplomacy,” asking how and why ICs employ judicial diplomacy. The paper argues that ICs use judicial diplomacy as a means of legitimation. They seek to boost institutional legitimacy by targeting the public and communicating norm- referential narratives about their processes and performances. This argument bears out in case studies on the judicial diplomacy of the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights and the Caribbean Court of Justice. Both courts are shown to have judicial diplomacy that is public- oriented and people-centred. This argument has important implications for literature on international courts and the legitimacy of international institutions.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2020 The Author
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2020 08:12
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2020 11:15

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