The past two decades have witnessed an increase in international adjudication. The increased
judicialization of global politics has sparked a flurry of research into the politics of judicial appointments, the independence of international tribunals, and the effectiveness and legitimacy of international courts. While this literature has made great strides, it has almost entirely ignored the critical understanding of the role and purpose of international courts. This paper seeks to fill this gap by offering a framework for a robust, theoretically informed research program into the causes and consequences of international judicial dissent.
Mark A. Pollack is Professor and Jean Monnet Chair in the Department of Political Science at Temple University, where he teaches classes in international relations, international law, and European Union Politics. His research agenda focuses on the promise and limits of international cooperation, with
special attention to the European Union, the delegation of powers to supranational organizations, the politics of international law, and transatlantic relations between the United States and the European Union.
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