Editors’ Preface and Table of Contents
Romano C./Alter K./Shany Y., “Editors’ Preface and Table of Contents” in Romano C./Alter K./Shany Y. (eds.), The Oxford University Press Handbook of International Adjudication, Oxford University Press, 2013, pp. vii-xvii.
12 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2013
Date Written: December 17, 2013
This article contains the Editor’s Preface and the Table of Contents of Romano C./Alter K./Shany Y. (eds.), The Oxford University Press Handbook of International Adjudication (2013). The post-Cold War proliferation of international adjudicative bodies and increase in litigation has greatly affected international law and politics. A growing number of international courts and tribunals, exercising jurisdiction over international crimes and sundry international disputes, have become, in some respects, the lynchpin of the modern international legal system. The Oxford Handbook of International Adjudication charts the transformations in international adjudication that took place astride the twentieth and twenty-first century, bringing together the insight of forty-seven prominent legal, philosophical, ethical, political and social science scholars. Overall, the forty contributions in this Handbook provide an original and comprehensive understanding of the various contemporary forms of international adjudication. The Handbook is divided into six parts. The first part provides an overview of the origins and evolution of international adjudicatory bodies, from the nineteenth century to the present, highlighting the dynamics driving the multiplication of international adjudicative bodies and their uneven expansion. Part two analyses the main families of international adjudicative bodies, providing a detailed study of state-to-state, criminal, human rights, regional economic, and administrative courts and tribunals, as well as arbitral tribunals and international compensation bodies. The third part lays out the theoretical approaches to international adjudication, including those of law, political science, sociology and philosophy. The fourth part examines some contemporary issues in international adjudication, including the behavior, role, and effectiveness of international judges, the political constraints that restrict their function, as well and the making of international law by international courts and tribunals. The fifth part examines key actors in international adjudication, including international judges, legal counsel, international prosecutors, and registrars. Finally, part six overviews select legal and procedural issues in international adjudication, such as evidence, fact-finding and experts, jurisdiction and admissibility, the role of the third parties, inherent powers, and remedies.
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