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Justice for Victims before the International Criminal Court

1st Edition

By Luke Moffett


308 pages

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Many prosecutors and commentators have praised the victim provisions at the International Criminal Court (ICC) as 'justice for victims', which for the first time include participation, protection and reparations. This book critically examines the role of victims in international criminal justice, drawing from human rights, victimology, and best practices in transitional justice.

Drawing on field research in Northern Uganda, Luke Moffet explores the nature of international crimes and assesses the role of victims in the proceedings of the ICC, paying particular attention to their recognition, participation, reparations and protection. The book argues that because of the criminal nature and structural limitations of the ICC, justice for victims is symbolic, requiring State Parties to complement the work of the Court to address victims' needs.

In advancing an innovative theory of justice for victims, and in offering solutions to current challenges, the book will be of great interest and use to academics, practitioners and students engaged in victimology, the ICC, transitional justice, or reparations.


"This book is a welcome addition to the debate surrounding how to bring justice to victims of mass atrocity." - Rachel Killean, Queen's University, Belfast.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Conceiving Justice for Victims of International Crimes 2. The Development of Victims in International Criminal Justice 3. Victims in the Proceedings of the International Criminal Court 4. Reparations and Responsibility under the Rome Statute 5. The Impact of the International Criminal Court on Victims in Northern Uganda 6. Victim-Orientated Complementarity: A Wider Perspective 7. Conclusion

About the Author

Luke Moffett is a Research Fellow at the School of Law, Queen's University Belfast.

About the Series

Routledge Research in International Law

The series offers a space for new and emerging scholars of international law to publish original arguments, as well as presenting alternative perspectives from more established names in international legal research.  Works cover both the theory and practice of international law, presenting innovative analyses of the nature and state of international law itself as well as more specific studies within particular disciplines. The series will explore topics such as the changes to the international legal order, the processes of law-making and law-enforcement, as well as the range of actors in public international law. The books will take a variety of different methodological approaches to the subject including interdisciplinary, critical legal studies, feminist, and Third World approaches, as well as the sociology of international law. Looking at the past, present and future of international law the series reflects the current vitality and diversity of international legal scholarship.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / International
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology