International Courts and Tribunals and Violent Conflict

31 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2020

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Christian J. Tams

University of Glasgow, School of Law

Date Written: January 6, 2020


This contribution assess the diverse roles of ICaTs in relation to violent conflicts. It shows that the significance of arbitration and adjudication over questions of violent conflict has varied over time and forms part of the general history of international dispute resolution. To bring out as much, the contribution begins by outlining the evolving legal framework governing courts and conflicts, as it has emerged over he course of the past 150 years. On the basis of this general historical account, it zooms in to discuss what aspects of violent conflicts are addressed by ICaTs under contemporary international law and highlights current challenges of ‘conflict litigation’.

Keywords: international courts, international law, international tribunals, dispute settlement, peace through law, international arbitration, international adjudication

Suggested Citation

Tams, Christian J., International Courts and Tribunals and Violent Conflict (January 6, 2020). Available at SSRN: or

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