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date: 13 November 2019

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This chapter examines the application of political science theories to international adjudication. It discusses the fundamental epistemological distinction between law and political science as disciplinesand then explores the range of political science theories about international politics, and the ways in which these theories have been adapted to the study of international adjudication. The chapter identifies five substantive contributions of political science to the study of international adjudication, which are organized under the rubrics of institutional design, judicial behavior, the behavior of litigants, judgment compliance, and the dynamic evolution of international adjudication systems over time. Finally, it identifies weaknesses, lacunae, and blind spots of the extant political science literature.

Keywords: political science theories, international adjudication, international politics

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