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Expert Rule? Judges, Lawyers, and the Practices of Interpretation in International Criminal Law

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Project "EaRL" data sheet

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address: NORREGADE 10
postcode: 1165

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 Coordinator Country Denmark [DK]
 Total cost 200˙194 €
 EC max contribution 200˙194 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-09-01   to  2020-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET DK (KOBENHAVN) coordinator 200˙194.00


 Project objective

Since the end of the Cold War, the number of international courts has increased significantly, indicating a growing judicialisation of global governance. At the same time, international judges have begun to change and potentially even create law through their decisions. In international criminal law, a particularly drastic example, international judges repeatedly described the development of international criminal law as one of their main achievements. But have these courts, 15 years after the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court entered into force, been able to deliver on their objective? How far do judicial interpretations matter in global governance more broadly? Applying an innovative interdisciplinary approach that draws on legal theory, this project (EaRL) capitalises on the recent “practice turn” in International Relations theory to develop a novel theoretical and empirical account of interpretive judicial authority in global governance. EaRL is based on a systematic analysis of all 240 available judgements of international criminal and hybrid courts, including the International Criminal Court, the ad hoc Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and Rwanda (ICTR), and the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL). In addition, it uses over 40 in-depth expert interviews with international judges, staff at civil society organisations, and government representatives. Ideally located at iCourts, the University of Copenhagen’s globally leading Centre of Excellence for International Courts, EaRL will enable the experienced researcher to complete her interdisciplinary training and to make a timely contribution to the Centre’s impressive body of knowledge on international courts. In addition to its academic impact, EaRL ultimately aims to enhance the judgement-writing process at international criminal courts and to improve the general public’s understanding of international criminal justice.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 Nora Stappert
Practice theory and change in international law: theorizing the development of legal meaning through the interpretive practices of international criminal courts
published pages: 33-58, ISSN: 1752-9719, DOI: 10.1017/s1752971919000150
International Theory 12/1 2020-03-05
2020 Nora Stappert
The Art of Aiming at a Moving Target: A Critique of Lechner and Frost’s Practice Theory and International Relations
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-3817, DOI:
Global Constitutionalism: Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law forthcoming, accepted on 9 Augu 2020-03-05
2019 Nora Stappert
Behind the Scenes of Legal Interpretation: Interpretive Practices at the International Criminal Court
published pages: 1-36, ISSN: , DOI:
iCourts Working Paper Series No. 186 2020-03-05

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