The International Court of Justice and 'Progressive Causes'

Research Handbook on the International Court of Justice, Achilles Skordas, ed, Edward Elgar, Forthcoming

Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 35/2019

33 Pages Posted: 24 May 2019

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Callum Musto

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Law

Antonios Tzanakopoulos

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law

Date Written: April 27, 2019

Abstract

In this chapter we consider whether the International Court of Justice (‘ICJ’ or ‘the Court’) has developed its judicial policy so as to embrace ‘progressive causes’. We investigate how the Court responds when faced with proceedings involving divisive issues of interest to the international community as a whole and how such causes reach the Court. We assess whether the Court’s handling of proceedings involving such causes has evolved over time and whether the Court should be viewed as a ‘progressive’ or a ‘conservative’ institution (and whether such categorisation is helpful).

Keywords: International Court of Justice, jurisdiction, admissibility, blocking technicalities, enabling technicalities, progressive, conservative, reactionary, regressive

Suggested Citation

Musto, Callum and Tzanakopoulos, Antonios, The International Court of Justice and 'Progressive Causes' (April 27, 2019). Research Handbook on the International Court of Justice, Achilles Skordas, ed, Edward Elgar, Forthcoming; Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 35/2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3379040

Callum Musto

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Law ( email )

London WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

Antonios Tzanakopoulos (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law ( email )

St. Cross Building
St. Cross Road
Oxford, OX1 3UJ
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.ox.ac.uk/people/antonios-tzanakopoulos

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