Sociology of International Adjudication

iCourts Working Paper Series No. 160, 2019

Forthcoming in the Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Procedural Law

37 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2019

See all articles by Salvatore Caserta

Salvatore Caserta

University of Copenhagen - iCourts - Centre of Excellence for International Courts

Mikael Madsen

University of Copenhagen - iCourts - Centre of Excellence for International Courts; University of Copenhagen - Faculty of Law

Date Written: June 4, 2019

Abstract

This article presents the ways in which classical sociological theories can help unpack how international courts operate and how their adjudicative practices are in part steered by social and political structures. The main focus is on classic sociological theories, respectively Weberian interpetivist, Durkheimian functionalist, and Marxist and post-Marxist critical perspectives. In order to demonstrate how these sociological perspectives are relevant for the study of international adjudication, the article applies their tenets to a different set of international courts, including the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), the Inter-American Court of Human rights (IACtHR), the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), the Central American Court of Justice (CACJ), the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and the East African Court of Justice (EACJ).

Keywords: International courts, sociological theory, sociology of law, European Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Court of Human rights, the Caribbean Court of Justice, the Central American Court of Justice, the Court of Justice of the European Union, the East African Court of Justice

Suggested Citation

Caserta, Salvatore and Madsen, Mikael, Sociology of International Adjudication (June 4, 2019). iCourts Working Paper Series No. 160, 2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3398906 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3398906

Salvatore Caserta

University of Copenhagen - iCourts - Centre of Excellence for International Courts ( email )

Studiestraede 6
Copenhagen, DK-1455
Denmark

Mikael Madsen (Contact Author)

University of Copenhagen - iCourts - Centre of Excellence for International Courts ( email )

University of Copenhagen - Faculty of Law ( email )

Studiestraede 6
Studiestrade 6
Copenhagen, DK-1455
Denmark

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