Quasi-Judicial Body

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The adjective ‘quasi-judicial’ is used to describe an array of domestic and international bodies that eschew traditional categorizations. The term was used first domestically in the 1820s. It emerged in international legal discourse only in the 1990s, when international courts and tribunals proliferated. Indeed, it was used to label a new class of international bodies and procedures that, at the same time, differed from adjudicative bodies, because they were not issuing binding decisions, but was also unlike diplomatic means of international dispute settlement, because they had several features of adjudicative bodies such as independent members, rules of procedure, legal reasoning etc.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMax Planck Encyclopedia of International Procedural Law
PublisherOxford University Press (OUP)
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020


  • International courts and tribunals
  • procedure
  • International organizations
  • practice and procedure
  • Settlement of disputes
  • Quasi-judicial bodies


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