- The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Regionalism
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Contributors
- Introduction: Framework of the Handbook and Conceptual Clarifications
- Old, New, and Comparative Regionalism: The History and Scholarly Development of the Field
- Theorizing Regionalism: Cooperation, Integration, and Governance
- Globalization, Domestic Politics, and Regionalism
- The Diffusion of Regionalism
- Regionalism Beyond EU-Centrism
- North America and the Transatlantic Area
- Latin America
- North Africa and the Middle East
- Sub-Saharan Africa
- Regional Security Governance
- Regional Trade Governance
- Regional Monetary and Financial Governance
- Regional Development Governance
- Regional Social and Gender Governance
- Regional Environmental Governance
- Regional Migration Governance
- Regional Human Rights and Democracy Governance
- Regional Institutional Design
- Regional Dispute Settlement
- Regional Identities and Communities
- The Legitimacy of Regional Institutions
- Inter- and Transregionalism
- Three Cheers for Comparative Regionalism
- Index of Names
- Index of Subjects
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter focuses on the choices regional systems have made in designing dispute settlement systems. There are many potential options including choosing arbitration or mediation mechanisms, or creating regional courts. These different choices shape the extent to which dispute settlement becomes legalized and judicialized. The chapter discusses the state of theory and of the empirical analysis of dispute settlement systems associated with regionalism. We have a fairly good sense of the choices that governments have made, how these choices have changed significantly over time, and how the choice for a court may judicialize regional politics. But much work needs to be done so as to better understand the forces shaping these choices. The chapter summarizes the state of the art, identifying many fruitful areas for further investigation.
Karen J Alter is Professor of Political Science and Law at Northwestern University, and a permanent visiting professor at the iCourts Center for Excellence, University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law. Alter is author of The European Court’s Political Power (Oxford University Press 2009), Establishing the Supremacy of European Law (Oxford University Press 2001), and The New Terrain of International Law: Courts, Politics, Rights (Princeton University Press 2014).
Liesbet Hooghe is W.R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA and Chair in Political Science, Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the Vrije Universiteit (VU), Amsterdam, Netherlands; 2007/2008 Fellow at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg Institute for Advanced Study (HWK) in Northwest Germany in cooperation with the Collabo¬rative Research Center on Transformations of the State (TranState, 2003–2014) and the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS, 2007 ff.).
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