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Informality in International Judicial Appointments : A Relational Approach to Sub-Regional Courts

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Kisakye, Diana:
Informality in International Judicial Appointments : A Relational Approach to Sub-Regional Courts.
2021
Event: Cluster Conference “Africa*n Relations : Modalities Reflected , 14.-17. Juli 2021 , Bayreuth, Deutschland.
(Conference item: Conference , Speech )

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Multiplicity in Decision-Making of Africa’s Interacting Markets (MuDAIMa)No information

Project financing: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) under Germany’s Excellence Strategy – EXC 2052/1 – 390713894

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Recent scholarship on judicial politics has highlighted the relevance of informal judicial networks and relations as a prerequisite for protecting judicial autonomy and independence. Relational dynamics unravel the concealed but salient ties and entanglements that inform, steer and shape the nature of judicial-executive relations. Our paper keeps in conversation with this strand of research and asks whether and how informalities feature in and influence judicial appointments to African Regional Economic Community (REC) courts. To conceptualise the governance and patterns of judicial appointments, we use an originally compiled dataset comprising all 105 judges who serve(d) on the four operational African Union sanctioned REC courts. We also draw on interview material to divulge the informal dimension of the appointment processes whilst accounting for their variations across regime types. We show that the formal selection rules are particularly thin, leaving much leverage to informal processes at various levels of governance. We, therefore, argue that appointments tell us at least part of the informal selection story from two angles: the merits, ties and efforts that enhance the chances of individuals getting selected, as well as the appointers’ strategies and criteria for selecting specific individuals from a larger pool of candidates.

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Item Type: Conference item (Speech)
Refereed: No
Keywords: Informality; International judicial appointments; Relational approach
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Junior Professor Political Science: African Politics and Development Policy
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Junior Professor Political Science: African Politics and Development Policy > Junior Professor Political Science: African Politics and Development Policy - Juniorprof. Dr. Alexander Stroh
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Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2021 08:03
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2021 09:39
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/66775