Public Epistemic Authority
Jean Monnet Working Paper Series 2020
85 Pages Posted: 22 May 2020
Date Written: 2020
This paper suggests a novel framework for the legitimacy of international adjudication relative to other branches and modes of public decision-making. Named ‘Public Epistemic Authority’, this new framework approaches judicial authority from its often-overlooked institutional dimension. In this dimension, the collective decision-making setting of international courts finds its due consideration. The paper draws on the mechanisms of collective wisdom popular with epistemic theories of democracy to establish a truth-tracking benchmark for international adjudication. Based on this benchmark, the paper suggests an epistemically improved institutional design of international courts and formulates several epistemic principles for judicial reasoning.
Keywords: institutional design, international courts, legitimacy, epistemic theory of democracy, collective wisdom
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