Write On! Managing Legitimacy: Empirical Approaches for Measuring How International Judges and Arbitrators Respond to Backlash and Discontent

Call for Papers

Managing Legitimacy: Empirical Approaches for Measuring How International Judges and Arbitrators Respond to Backlash and Discontent

Agora Proposal for the European Society of International Law (ESIL) Annual Conference: The Judicialization of International Law – A Mixed Blessing?

Oslo, 10-12 September 2015

This is a call for papers for a roundtable discussion on measuring judicial responses to legitimacy crises that a number of international courts and tribunals have experienced in recent years. Can we identify trends whereby judicial actors (international judges and arbitrators) attempt to manage (strategically or not) their legitimacy in response to discontent from stakeholders and citizens at large? We are particularly interested in papers that identify new or diverse methodologies (quantitative, qualitative and interpretive) for measuring the extent of such judicial responses, their casual pathways, and that are rooted in theories of judicial behavior.

In a roundtable discussion moderated by Prof. Ole Kristian Fauchald of PluriCourts, University of Oslo, we seek to invite four or five participants to present on-going work relating to this topic. We hope to include participants focused on a wide-array of international courts and tribunals including, but not limited to: the International Court of Justice, the Dispute Settlement Body of the WTO, international human rights courts and bodies, the International Criminal Court, and investment treaty arbitration.

Please submit your paper proposal of less than 500 words and a CV (including your affiliation and contact information) to dfbehn@jus.uio.no. The deadline is 25 January 2015. Submissions will receive a response by 30 January 2015. Depending on the results of this call, and its acceptance to the conference, this agora will be presented at the Eleventh Annual ESIL Conference in Oslo, Norway from 10-12 September 2015. PluriCourts will assist participants in securing funding for travel and accommodation. The topic for this year’s conference will be ‘The Judicialization of International Law – A Mixed Blessing?’ and will focus on the increasing number, impact, and importance of international courts and tribunals from an interdisciplinary perspective. More information on the conference and the call for agora proposals is available here.

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