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Institutional Change and the International Criminal Court

ISBN 9781032049908
Published September 13, 2021 by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

This book explores the dynamics and trajectories of change in international politics through an English School analysis of primary institutions including international law, sovereignty and diplomacy, with particular reference to the creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The study argues that it serves as an important indicator and model for redefining international politics, particularly through its impact upon three major institutions as prescribed by the English School: international law, sovereignty and diplomacy. The author explores three major areas: the ICC’s contribution to the consolidation of the individual as a subject of the international law; the significance of the Court and its jurisdiction in terms of the state sovereignty; and the strong and determinative role of non-state actors active on global level during the diplomatic process upheld for the making of the norms and rules during the creation of the ICC. These three fields of change, point out to the redefinition and reconstruction of international politics, heralding a solidarist vision of international society.

The book will be of particular interest to researchers in the field of the IR, as well as graduate students interested in IR theory, international law, and international organizations.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction: Change and Continuity in International Politics

Chapter 2: The making of international law and international institutions: An English School approach

Chapter 3: Consolidation of status of individual as subject of international law

Chapter 4: The International Criminal Court and Change in Nature and Definition of Sovereignty

Chapter 5: "New Diplomacy" and the International Criminal Court: Non-state actors in the making of international law


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Cenap Çakmak is a professor of international law and politics at Anadolu University’s Department of International Relations (Turkey).