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Forum Shopping in International Disputes


Part of the Transformations of the State book series (TRST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Theorizing Forum Shopping

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Aletta Mondré
      Pages 3-15
    3. Aletta Mondré
      Pages 16-56
  3. The Choice of a Specific Forum: Case Studies

  4. Explaining Forum Shopping

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Aletta Mondré
      Pages 151-176
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 177-230

About this book


In a dispute, governments weigh up their options when selecting between various dispute settlement mechanisms. By scrutinising the interaction of institutional design with state interests, this book analyses why particular forums are selected in maritime boundary disputes.


government Institution International Court of Justice

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of Duisburg-EssenGermany

About the authors

Aletta Mondré has worked at the 'Transformations of the State' Research Centre, was involved with the 'Changing Norms of Global Governance' Research Group, and is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. She won the UNA-Germany Award for best PhD thesis, and has published research on the judicialization of international affairs.

Bibliographic information


"In her award-winning research, Aletta Mondré suggests that states actively engage in 'forum shopping', and highlights the factors informing their choice of a particular form of settlement. Combining detailed case studies and solid analysis of dispute settlement regimes, her book presents a refreshing take on one of the big contemporary debates at the fault lines of international law/IR scholarship. It deserves a wide readership." - Christian J. Tams, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom

"This is a terrific book. Empirically rich and theoretically innovative, it is a must read for all students of international dispute settlement." - Bernhard Zangl, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Munich

"Carefully argued and rich in historical detail, this book is highly recommended for all those who share the author's interest in peace and conflict studies, in international institutions and in the role of international law in world politics." - Klaus Dingwerth, Universität St.Gallen, Switzerland