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International Criminal Justice and the Politics of Compliance

1st Edition

By Christopher K. Lamont


234 pages

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Hardback: 9780754679653
pub: 2010-02-28
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International Criminal Justice and the Politics of Compliance provides a comprehensive study of compliance with legal obligations derived from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia's (ICTY) Statute and integrates theoretical debates on compliance into international justice scholarship. Through the use of three models of compliance based on coercion, self-interest and norms, Christopher Lamont explores both the domestic politics of war crimes indictments and efforts by external actors such as the European Union, the United States and the Tribunal itself to induce compliance outcomes. He examines whether compliance outcomes do or do not translate into a changed normative understanding of international criminal justice on the part of target states.


'…fills an important gap in the literature on state compliance with international law. Through a comprehensive literature review and carefully crafted case studies, Lamont makes a cogent argument that both material and norm-centric approaches must be considered. His findings are easily applicable to other cases and will be of great interest to international law and international relations scholars.' Thomas Ambrosio, North Dakota State University, USA '…an impressive book that significantly improves our understanding of the ways in which international criminal justice and its institutions deal with conflicts and post-conflict situations. It is also a much needed and fascinating contribution to studying politics of justice in post-Yugoslav states.' Dejan Jovic, University of Stirling, UK

About the Author

Dr Christopher K Lamont, Assistant Professor at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

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