Cost-Efficiency in Inter-State Dispute Settlement

  • Brian McGarry
Part of the The World of Small States book series (WSS, volume 3)


Rising costs in international dispute settlement may be viewed as an issue of access to justice. In particular, economic, environmental, or military crises may disproportionately affect developing States, which are in this manner rendered more vulnerable to higher volumes of claims. While cost-saving measures have taken on systemic importance in international dispute settlement across a range of party dynamics, they have arguably surfaced in the most varied ways in inter-State proceedings. The present chapter analyses the institutional, independent, and mutual paths toward greater cost-efficiency in such cases, and identifies specific innovations that can be adopted to better meet this objective. In so doing, the author highlights disputes in which small States with limited financial or human resources have promoted the growth of cost-saving strategies in litigation and arbitration.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Graduate Institute of International and Development StudiesGenevaSwitzerland

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