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Assessing the Effectiveness of International Courts$
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Yuval Shany

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199643295

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199643295.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Assessing the Effectiveness of International Courts

Yuval Shany

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter begins with a review of empirical scholarship on international courts. It then sets out the book's purpose, which is to offer a conceptual framework to analyse international court effectiveness. It is a goal-based approach that draws upon the social science literature on organizational effectiveness. Such an approach provides a more open-ended vocabulary for understanding international court effectiveness than the one found in the existing international law and international relations literature. At the heart of the goal-based approach is the proposition that effective international courts are those that attain, within a predefined amount of time, the goals set for them by their relevant constituencies. An overview of the three parts of the book is also presented.

Keywords:   international courts, court effectiveness, empirical studies, goal-based approach, constituencies

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