Power or Authority; Actions or Beliefs

International Court Authority. K. Alter, L. Helfer and M. R. Madsen, eds. New York, Oxford University Press (2018): 412-421

11 Pages Posted: 14 Jan 2020

Date Written: March 24, 2018

Abstract

The reflections concern the theoretical framework Alter, Helfer and Madsen provide in their edited volume International Court Authority, New York, Oxford University Press (2018), and how it fits with the substantive chapters. What do they seek to measure with their metric – and are the findings actually about authority? Furthermore, AHM go to great lengths to proclaim methodological agnosticism about actors' beliefs and motives, and argue for the irrelevance of normative legitimacy for this research project. Yet the former claim seems incorrect and the second is both unnecessary and ill defended.

Suggested Citation

Follesdal, Andreas, Power or Authority; Actions or Beliefs (March 24, 2018). International Court Authority. K. Alter, L. Helfer and M. R. Madsen, eds. New York, Oxford University Press (2018): 412-421. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3148359

Andreas Follesdal (Contact Author)

Pluricourts ( email )

P.O. Box 6706
St. Olavs plass 5
0130 Oslo
Norway

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