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Part I Mapping International Adjudicative Bodies, Ch.8 What are International Judges for? The Main Functions of International Adjudication

José E Alvarez

From: The Oxford Handbook of International Adjudication

Edited By: Cesare P R Romano, Karen Alter, Yuval Shany

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 25 October 2020

Judges — Fact-finding and inquiry — International courts and tribunals, powers — Choice of law
International judges and arbitrators are commonly portrayed in simple terms: they are interstate dispute settlers engaged in avoiding or deterring threats to peace. This is suggested by the United Nations Charter,1 other treaties,2 and scholarship across time.3 The intertwined functions of settling disputes and maintaining peace, self-evident to those at the turn of the nineteenth century, continue to explain the function of today’s diverse courts and tribunals. Those functions are clearly engaged when International Court of Justice (ICJ) judges settle territorial...
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