1st Edition

Rules, Politics, and the International Criminal Court Committing to the Court

By Yvonne Dutton Copyright 2013
    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    216 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In this new work, Dutton examines the ICC and whether and how its enforcement mechanism influences state membership and the court’s ability to realize treaty goals, examining questions such as:

    • Why did states decide to create the ICC and design the institution with this uniquely strong enforcement mechanism?
    • Will the ICC’s enforcement mechanism be sufficient to hold states accountable to their commitment so that the ICC can realize its goal of ending impunity for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes?
    • Will states view the ICC’s enforcement mechanism as a credible threat and refuse to join unless they already have good domestic human rights practices and institutions that are independent and capable of prosecuting human rights abuses?
    • If states that most need to improve their domestic legal practices as relates to protecting against human rights abuses do not join the court, is there any hope that the threat of punishment by the ICC can play a role in bettering state’s human rights practices and deterring individuals from committing mass atrocities?

    This work provides a significant contribution to the field, and will be of great interest to students and scholars of international law, international relations, international organizations and human rights.

    Introduction  1. The ICC: a new kind of institution in the international human rights regime   2. Testing state commitment to the ICC  3. The United States—for justice, but against relinquishing sovereignty  4. Germany—a strong country leads the way to a Strong court  5. Canada, France, and the United Kingdom—a study in contrasts  6. Trinidad and Tobago—compliance before norms  7. Rwanda—credible threat, not credible commitment  8. Kenya—hope becomes regret  9. Conclusion


    Yvonne Dutton is currently an Associate Professor at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law where she teaches International Criminal Law, Criminal Law, Federal Criminal Law, and Evidence.  

    "Dutton's book offers a snap-shot into the very important decisions, meetings and discussions leading to the adoption of the Rome Statute. Thus, readers looking to refresh on the details and history of this formidable treaty document can do so quickly cutting through a time line from the past to the present, with the added benefit of understanding the political reasons behind some States' motive to adopt or not adopt the Statute".

    Sylvia Nwamaraihe,University of Kiel, Germany