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Content Collection: Courts and Tribunals

 

International courts, tribunals, and arbitral panels wield immense powers. They decide on the boundaries of states, the guilt and punishment of individuals accused of some of the worst crimes imaginable, and issue decisions which can award billions of pounds to investors.

They are also highly heterogenous, each the creation of its own founding treaty and the prevailing political consensus at the time.

These headnotes analyse the text and impact of the constituent instruments of seven international adjudicatory bodies or systems. They show how each institution operates and provide interesting insight into the different choices that were made when setting up these courts and tribunals. This creates a unique opportunity to compare and contrast the powers and procedures of many of the world’s most important dispute settlement organizations.

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International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes [ICSID]
Headnote: Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States (creating the ICSID arbitration system) 18th March 1965
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International Criminal Court [ICC]
Headnote: Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court 17th July 1998
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Inter-American Development Bank Administrative Tribunal [IDBAT]
Headnote: Statute of the Administrative Tribunal of the Inter-American Development Bank Group 27th February 2013
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International Court of Justice [ICJ]
Headnote: Statute of the International Court of Justice 18th April 1946
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International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda [ICTR]
Headnote: Statute of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda 8th November 1994
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International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea [ITLOS]
Headnote: Statute of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea 10th December 1982
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Special Tribunal for Lebanon [STL]
Headnote: Statute of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon 10th June 2007
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