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The texts in the book ‘International Judicial Legitimacy. New Voices and Approaches’ on the legitimacy of international courts were framed as a direct reaction to arguments put forward in the book “In Whose Name?” by Armin von Bogdandy und Ingo Venzke.

International Judicial Legitimacy book cover
International Judicial Legitimacy book cover

This book is the outcome of two workshops, mostly between members of the Max Planck Institutes from Heidelberg and Luxembourg (April 2015 and September 2015), in which they reacted to the publication “In Whose Name? A Public Law Theory of International Adjudication” by two of the editors. Following the workshops, the outcomes of our inter-institutional discussions were taken further in writing. Generally speaking, the topic of our discussions was not all-together new, to be sure. The legitimacy of international institutions, more specifically international courts, to conduct their business has been scrutinized for quite a while. However, our volume is particularly interesting because it showcases a variety of new approaches, mostly from younger scholars, on how to tackle the issue.

Subjects covered in the book range from a comparison between international organizations and international courts and how they can contribute to democratize international law to assessing the democratic legitimacy of international human rights courts.

More information and Open Access download of the book on the website of Nomos Verlag.

The book is jointly published by Nomos Verlag and the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law. The book is part of the series 'Studies of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law, vol. 20'