Mapping the « public » in ‘Public Interest Litigation: An Empirical Analysis of Participants before the International Court of Justice
in Design of interstate courts for public interest litigation: fit for purpose?: The Potential of Public Interest Litigation in International Law, University of Exeter et Université de Genève, online
On Thursday, November 11th, Professor Paula Wojcikiewicz Almeida participated in the Workshop organised by the University of Exeter and the University of Geneva on "The Potential of Public Interest Litigation in International Law." The title of her joint presentation, alongside Professor Miriam Cohen from the University of Montreal, was "Mapping the 'public' in public interest litigation: an empirical analysis of 'participants' before the International Court of Justice." The event took place in a hybrid format, with speakers located in the United Kingdom and around the world. Additionally, the first day of the event concluded with a speech by Professor Makane Moïse Mbengue from the University of Geneva.
The topic of Professor Almeida's presentation stems from an empirical research project conducted under the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at FGV. The project, titled "Opening the World Court to the International Community: an empirical analysis of State and Non-State Actor's participation before the ICJ," involves the participation of researchers Gabriela Porto, Giulia Romay, and Mariana Gouvea.
The panel, titled "Design of interstate courts for public interest litigation: fit for purpose?," was moderated by Brian McGarry, Assistant Professor at the Grotius Centre of Leiden University. Professor Christian J. Tams, Director of the Glasgow Centre for International Law and Security (GCILS) at the University of Glasgow, participated as a commentator for the panel. He provided comments on the preliminary papers and presentations by the speakers: Priya Urs from the University of Oxford, Carlos Antonio Cruz Carrillo from the University of Basel, Craig Eggett and Sarah Thin from Maastricht University, Paula Wojcikiewicz Almeida from FGV Law School Rio de Janeiro, and Miriam Cohen from the University of Montreal.
One of the highlighted aspects in the comments was the innovative nature of the empirical approach employed in Professor Almeida's research to map the participating actors in the proceedings of the International Court of Justice. She shared preliminary data during the panel, which drew attention to this aspect.