Protecting Trade By Legalizing Political Disputes: Why Countries Bring Cases to International Court of Justice

Citation:

Christina L. Davis and Julia Morse. 2018. “Protecting Trade By Legalizing Political Disputes: Why Countries Bring Cases to International Court of Justice.” International Studies Quarterly, 68, Pp. 709-722.
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Abstract:

How does economic interdependence shape political relations? We show a new pathway to support a commercial peace in which economic interdependence changes strategies for conflict management. The uncertainty arising from political disputes between countries can depress trade flows. As states seek to protect trade from such negative effects, they are more likely to bring their disputes to legal venues. We assess this argument by analyzing why countries bring cases to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Using data on 190 countries from 1960 to 2013, we find that countries are more likely to file ICJ cases against important trading partners than against states with low levels of shared trade. We conclude that economic interdependence changes the incentives for how states resolve their disputes.
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