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Mitchell, Sara McLaughlin and Emilia Justyna Powell. Domestic Law Goes Global: Legal Traditions and International Courts. Cambridge University Press (2011). See the Cambridge website for more information.


Abstract: We develop a rational legal design theory of international adjudication to explain variation in state support for international courts. The initial negotiators of new courts, the originators, design international courts in ways that are politically and legally optimal. States that join standing international courts, the joiners, look to the court’s legal rules and procedures to assess the ability of the court to be capable, fair, and unbiased. We demonstrate that the characteristics of civil law, common law, and Islamic law influence states’ acceptance of the jurisdiction of international courts, the durability of states’ commitments to international courts, and the design of states’ commitments to the courts. Furthermore, states strike cooperative agreements most effectively in the shadow of an international court that operates according to familiar legal principles and rules. The book’s empirical analyses cover two prominent international courts: the (Permanent) International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.

Mitchell, Sara McLaughlin, Paul F. Diehl, and James D. Morrow (editors). 2012. Guide to the Scientific Study of International Processes. West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. See the Wiley website for more information. All proceeds from the sales of this book go to the Scientific Study of International Processes (SSIP) section of ISA.


Mitchell, Sara McLaughlin and John A. Vasquez. Conflict, War, and Peace: An Introduction to Scientific Research. CQ Press/Sage. See the CQ Press website for more information.

Harrison, Ewan and Sara McLaughlin Mitchell. 2013. The Triumph of Democracy and the Eclipse of the West. Palgrave McMillan. See the Palgrave website for more information. Click here for a 20% off flyer.


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