Between Forbearance and Audacity

GLODEM Book Club

GLODEM is pleased to announce the Fall talk of 2023-2024 academic year’s GLODEM Book Club, with Dr. Ezgi Yıldız on her latest book “Between Forbearance and Audacity: The European Court of Human Rights and the Norm against Torture”

GLODEM Book Club, features leading scholars from around the globe discussing timely issues related to globalization, political economy, peace and conflict resolution, democratic governance and administration.

GLODEM invites you to the GLODEM Book Club.


Date: Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Time: 17:00 (GMT+3:00)

Speaker: Ezgi Yildiz, California State University, Long Beach

Moderator: Merih Angin, Koç University

Venue: CASE 127 & Online (advance registration required for online attendance)


Title: Between Forbearance and Audacity

About the Book:

When international courts are given sweeping powers, why would they ever refuse to use them? The book explains how and when courts employ strategies for institutional survival and resilience: forbearance and audacity, which help them adjust their sovereignty costs to pre-empt and mitigate backlash and political pushback. By systematically analysing almost 2,300 judgements from the European Court of Human Rights from 1967–2016, Ezgi Yildiz traces how these strategies shaped the norm against torture and inhumane or degrading treatment. With expert interviews and a nuanced combination of social science and legal methods, Yildiz innovatively demonstrates what the norm entails, and when and how its contents changed over time. Exploring issues central to public international law and international relations, this interdisciplinary study makes a timely intervention in the debate on international courts, international norms, and legal change. This book is available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.

About the Author: Ezgi Yildiz is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at California State University, Long Beach and a Research Associate at the Global Governance Center of the Geneva Graduate Institute. She conducts interdisciplinary research on international relations and international law and specializes in international courts, human rights, and ocean governance. She recently published two books, both available with open access: Between Forbearance and Audacity: The European Court of Human Rights and the Norm Against Torture (Cambridge University Press, 2023) and The Many Paths of Change in International Law (Oxford University Press, 2023) (co-edited with Nico Krisch).

The event will be held in English.