Chapter 39 ‘Let’s Kill All the Lawyers’? The End of the Golden Age of International Adjudication

In: The International Legal Order in the XXIst Century / L’ordre juridique international au XXIeme siècle / El órden jurídico internacional en el siglo XXI
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Ignacio de la Rasilla del Moral Han Depei Chair in International Law One Thousand Talents Plan Professor, Institute of International Law and Academy of International Law and Global Governance, Wuhan University, China

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Abstract

This chapter examines what may lie ahead beyond the end of the golden age of international adjudication. Is there a trend towards formal or de facto international de-judicialisation affecting existing international courts and tribunals? Is a freezing or paralysis of the hitherto ever-expanding wave of international court creation-processes in both thematic and regional terms likely? Will there be a rise of preventive and alternative dispute settlement mechanisms and an expansion of them across different international legal regimes and emerging areas of international dispute settlement? Section I introduces a number of structural, historical and functional rationales to account for the rise of international adjudication. Section II examines the contemporary backlash against it with attention to one of its understudied yet fairly symptomatic dimensions, while surveying foreseeable scenarios of formal and de-facto dejudicialisation and considering the effects of a rise of so-called authoritarian international law on the prospective development of international adjudication. Section III surveys the rise of preventive and alternative dispute settlement mechanisms, in particular in the area of international commercial and investment dispute resolution. The conclusion heralds a new twilight age of international adjudication.

‘The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers’

William Shakespeare, Henry VI,

Part 2, Act IV, Scene 2

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