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Progress in International Adjudication: Revisiting Hudson’s Assessment of the Future of International Courts

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Today, four international judicial bodies have, potentially, worldwide jurisdiction. They are the ICJ, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the International Criminal Court, and the dispute settlement system of the World Trade Organization. While each of these bodies and mechanisms has its own peculiarities and limitations worthy of investigation, a discussion of these matters is beyond the scope of this chapter. Suffice to say, the jurisdiction of these bodies is not, per se, restricted geographically. Any state in the world can become a party to treaties that created them and thereby be subject to their jurisdiction. Thus, it is clear, there is trend towards treating acceptance of international courts jurisdiction as part and parcel of participation in the legal systems in which those judicial bodies are embedded. It is also clear, this is a trend that is stronger at the regional level and within specialized regimes.

Keywords: international jurisdiction; specialized regimes; World Trade Organizatio



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