Studying Country-Specific Engagements with the International Court of Justice
Forthcoming, Journal of International Dispute Settlement (2019)
17 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2019 Last revised: 11 Sep 2019
Date Written: August 23, 2019
Countries engage with the International Court of Justice as litigants, as participants in advisory proceedings, and less directly, through contributions of nationals as judges or lawyers. A broad range of scholarship within the discipline of public international law examines this engagement. Specific regional experiences are often emphasised and grouped, for example, by western, African or Asian accounts. Yet the nature and extent of scholarship on a single country’s engagement with the Court is less commonly explored. This article surveys scholarly approaches to specific domestic engagement with the ICJ. It focuses on six countries – Australia, France, Nicaragua, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States – and examines the scholarship generated by each of these countries’ encounters with the Court. This scholarship provides insights into politics, history, institutional practice, professional experience and international legal doctrine. Preliminary in scope, the article points to the value of empirical, historical and country-specific accounts of the work of the ICJ.
Keywords: International adjudication, International Court of Justice, inter-state dispute settlement, advisory opinions
JEL Classification: K33
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