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date: 20 February 2020

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This chapter examines the question of which states or non-state entities decide to litigate a dispute, and why. It first considers the different ways to explain why jurisdiction may or may not be available, and why any particular international actor may select, or be compelled, to participate in a particular court or tribunal. It then discusses which states have resorted to international litigation and what circumstances allowed for recourse to this mode of dispute settlement. It also addresses the access of non-state actors to international courts and tribunals.

Keywords: internationallitigation, dispute settlement, jurisdiction, states, non-state actors

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