The Manual on International Courts and Tribunals

The Manual on International Courts and Tribunals

Hardback International Courts and Tribunals (Hardcover)

By (author) Ruth Mackenzie, By (author) Cesare P. R. Romano, By (author) Philippe Sands, By (author) Yuval Shany


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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 574 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 236mm x 36mm | 962g
  • Publication date: 20 May 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199545278
  • ISBN 13: 9780199545278
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: map
  • Sales rank: 801,191

Product description

The dramatic rise in the number of international courts and tribunals and the expansion of their legal powers has been one of the most significant developments in international law of the late 20th century. The emergence of an international judiciary provided international law with a stronger than ever law enforcement apparatus, and facilitated the transformation of many aspects of international relations from being power-based to being law-based. The first edition of the Manual on International Courts and Tribunals, published in 1999, was the first book to survey systematically this new institutional landscape, by describing in an accessible and uniformly structured manner the legal powers and operating procedures of all major international judicial and quasi-judicial bodies. In doing so, it laid the groundwork for comparative study and research of the law and practice of international courts and tribunals - an emerging field of international legal research, which has already spurred a series of publications, conferences and academic courses. This second edition updates the first edition by describing the many legal changes that have taken place in the last decade, including important reforms in the laws and procedures of many international courts and tribunals, relevant developments in their increasingly rich jurisprudence and the creation of new judicial fora. Moreover, it assesses the overall record of these judicial bodies. The data and legal analysis offered in the book provide both practitioners and academics with an important basis of knowledge that will help them better understand the details of international adjudication and its context.

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Author information

Prof. Yuval Shany is the Hersch Lauterpacht Chair in International Law at the Law Faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He also serves currently as the academic director of the Minerva Center for Human Rights a director in the International Law Forum at the Hebrew University and the Project on International Courts and Tribunals (PICT) and a member of the steering committee of the DOMAC project (assessing the impact of international courts on domestic criminal procedures in mass atrocity cases). Shany has degrees in law from the Hebrew University (LL.B, 1995 cum laude), New York University (LL.M., 1997) and the University of London (Ph.D., 2001) and he has published a number of books and articles on international courts and arbitration tribunals and other international law issues such as international human rights and international humanitarian law. Shany has taught in a number of law schools in Israel, and has been in recent years a research fellow in Harvard.

Table of contents

Introduction: A system of international courts and tribunals ; PART ONE: THE GLOBAL COURTS ; 1. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ; 2. The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) ; 3. The Appellate Body of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body (AB) ; PART TWO: ARBITRATION INSTITUTIONS ; 4. The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ; 5. International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) ; 6. Other Arbitration Institutions and Rules ; PART THREE: INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURTS ; 7. The International Criminal Court (ICC) ; 8. The ad hoc International Criminal Tribunals (ICTY, ICTR) ; 9. The Hybrid Criminal Tribunals ; PART FOUR: REGIONAL ECONOMIC INTEGRATION BODIES/FREE TRADE ARRANGEMENTS ; 10. The Court of Justice of the European Communities (ECJ) ; 11. Courts of Justice of other Economic Communities ; 12. North American Free Trade Area (NAFTA) dispute settlement procedures ; PART FIVE: HUMAN RIGHTS BODIES ; 13. European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ; 14. Inter-American Court and Commission of Human Rights ; 15. African Court and Commission of Human and Peoples' Rights ; 16. Human Rights Committee (HRC) ; 17. Other UN Treaty Bodies ; 18. Social Rights Committees ; PART SIX: INSPECTION PANELS ; 19. World Bank Inspection Panel ; 20. Other Inspection Panels ; Conclusions: Comparisons, Distinctions and Prospects