Research Handbook on the Theory and Practice of International Lawmaking
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Research Handbook on the Theory and Practice of International Lawmaking

Edited by Catherine Brölmann and Yannick Radi

The global landscape has changed profoundly over the past decades. As a result, the account of the making of international law based on the traditional theory of sources is increasingly challenged. This Handbook offers a comprehensive guide to the theory and practice of international law‐making today. It takes stock at both the conceptual and the empirical level of the instruments, processes, and actors involved in the making of international law. The book contains essays by leading scholars on key aspects of international law-making and on law-making in the main issue areas, with an interest in classic processes as well as new developments and shades of normativity.
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Chapter 12: Quasi-judicial bodies

Mara Tignino


Quasi-judicial bodies have flourished in various areas of international law in the last few decades. These bodies have a mandate to monitor compliance with a body of norms, settle disputes involving those norms, or make factual determinations on the basis of investigations, yet they are not empowered to issue final, binding decisions on questions of international law. This chapter argues that quasi-judicial bodies can be viewed as international lawmakers. They act as procedural rule-makers and are developing a shared collection of principles structuring their procedures. The chapter further suggests that quasi-judicial bodies also act as lawmakers on substantive issues by influencing the interpretation, clarification and refinement of State duties and responsibilities. Quasi-judicial bodies have proved influential in the interpretation of State responsibilities by both national and international courts. Like judicial bodies, they foster compliance with international law and resolve potential conflicts.

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