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FGV Direito Rio

FGV Workshop 'Transforming the Role of International Courts and Tribunals in a New Era of Adjudication'

The Getulio Vargas Foundation's Law School in Rio de Janeiro (FGV Direito Rio), through its Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, promoted on 16 March 2023 the workshop "Transforming the Role of International Courts and Tribunals in a New Era of Adjudication", held at the FGV headquarters, in Botafogo, from 9am to 6pm, with the support of the European Union's Erasmus+ Programme. The debates were entirely conducted in English.

Organised by Paula Wojcikiewicz Almeida, coordinator of FGV's Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, the event aimed to shed light on international courts and tribunals that are increasingly faced with politically sensitive issues, both in the international and domestic spheres. Recent cases before the International Court of Justice include Gambia v. Myanmar and Ukraine v. Russia. According to the professor, these examples illustrate the growing trend that international litigation is rarely the exclusive concern or interest of the disputing parties. Consequently, demands for greater legitimacy and transparency have been gaining strength in recent years before International Courts and Tribunals, and it is up to them to find the balance between the rights of the parties and the interests of the international community.

The workshop counted with the participation of renowned international speakers. The opening speech was led by Laurence Boisson de Chazournes (University of Geneva). Panel I, "International Courts and Tribunals: Current Challenges", was chaired by Professor Paula Almeida and included the participation of Diego P. Fernández Arroyo (Sciences Po Law School), Jean-Marc Sorel (Sorbonne Law School, University of Paris 1), Serena Forlati (University of Ferrara) and Miriam Cohen (University of Montreal).

Panel II, "Working with Large Databases on International Courts", was chaired by Ely Caetano Xavier Junior (Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro), and included presentations on research projects that combine empirical legal methods with the study of International Courts and Tribunals, previously submitted through a Call for Papers open to the public. The first presentation was directed by Seán Fobbe (Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich), with comments from FGV's professors and researchers: Raphael Tinarrage (FGV EMAp), José Luiz Nunes (FGV Direito Rio), Lucas Thevenard Gomes (FGV Direito Rio) and Henrique Ennes (FGV EMAp). The closing words of the event, on "The Mixed Methods Turn in Studying Courts", were directed by Malcolm Langford (University of Oslo).

The Workshop was funded by the Coordination of Superior Level Staff Improvement (Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior, CAPES) under the Programme to Support Events in the Country (Programa de Apoio a Eventos no País, PAEP - Edital Nº 6/2022).

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