Effectiveness of International Adjudication
Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Procedural Law, September 2019
Posted: 9 Jun 2020
Date Written: 2019
Effectiveness constitutes an evaluative framework for assessing performance against objective standards or expectations. When applied to international courts and tribunals, it normally implies an evaluation of judicial processes, outputs and outcomes against specific criteria such as planned length and cost of proceedings, expectations about judgment-compliance, etc. The precise meaning of effectiveness of international adjudication is, however, subject to academic debate, and the actual use of the terms by scholars, decision makers and adjudicators has been inconsistent. This Encyclopaedia entry discusses the different definitions of effectiveness of international adjudication and proposes relevant indicators for evaluating effectiveness, including compliance, impact of jurisprudence, docket, acceptance of jurisdiction, budgets and perceived legitimacy. It then offers some comments of the effectiveness of specific international courts.
Keywords: International Courts, International Adjudication, Compliance, Effectiveness, Legitimacy, Costs, Jurisdiction, Judicial Impact
JEL Classification: K33
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