Quotation Polzin, Monika. 2019. Authentic Interpretations and International Courts: Like Tom and Jerry or Calvin and Hobbes? Temple International and Comparative Law Journal. 33 (2), 247-278.




247AUTHENTIC INTERPRETATIONS AND INTERNATIONALCOURTS: LIKE CALVIN AND HOBBES OR TOM ANDJERRY?Monika Polzin*ABSTRACTThe paper focuses, at a legal and theoretical level, on the relationship betweeninternational courts and treaty members adopting authentic interpretations. Shouldthis relationship be like that between Calvin and Hobbes: imaginary best friends,albeit with tension and disputes regarding the applicable rules? Or should therelationship be more like that between Tom and Jerry: constantly fighting, trying tooutwit each other, and attempting to win the eternal battle as to who is thesmartest? To translate these cartoon analogies into concrete legal and theoreticalterms, the paper explores the following two questions: First, to what extent areauthentic interpretations binding on international tribunals? And, second, areauthentic interpretations a useful tool for enhancing the legitimacy of internationalcourts? The paper concludes with a proposition of the ideal relationship betweencourts and states in relation to authentic interpretations.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Temple International and Comparative Law Journal
Language English
Title Authentic Interpretations and International Courts: Like Tom and Jerry or Calvin and Hobbes?
Volume 33
Number 2
Year 2019
Page from 247
Page to 278
Reviewed? Y
URL https://sites.temple.edu/ticlj/files/2019/09/33.2_Polzin_Article2.pdf
DOI na
Open Access N


Polzin, Monika (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5235 International law (Details)
5240 European law (Details)
5252 Basic and Human rights (Details)
5261 Comparative constitutional law (European -, international -) (Details)
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