New Terrains? Assessing the Diverse Functions of International Courts and Tribunals

24–25 November 2016

International courts and tribunals have been 'on the rise' for decades. Since the end of the Cold War, their number has increased, their remit grown, and their output exploded. Initially viewed as agencies of dispute settlement, international courts and tribunals today perform a range of 'new' functions, like stabilizing international treaty regimes, reviewing governmental conduct, providing for checks and balances and contributing to legal development. From a country's involvement in military conflict to its regulation of foreign investment – a wide range of policy fields is now regularly scrutinized by international courts and tribunals.

However, these new roles of international courts and tribunals remain under-researched, and there is a need for comparative assessment that looks across jurisdictional divides and evaluates commonalities and differences of different courts and tribunals outside the field of dispute resolution. This workshop was an attempt to provide such a comparative assessment, to identify open questions and to stimulate future research.

In order to achieve these aims, the two-day workshop that was organized by the Centre in cooperation with Christian J. Tams (University of Glasgow), one of the leading experts on international law, brought together scholars from international law, international relations and political sciences in Berlin to engage in an intensive small group forum.

Date: 24–25 November 2016
Venue: Superior Court of Justice/Kammergericht Berlin, Elßholzstraße 30-33, 10781 Berlin / Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, Reichpietschufer 50, 10785 Berlin