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Rules, Politics, and the International Criminal Court

Committing to the Court, 1st Edition

By Yvonne Dutton


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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.


"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

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

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.

About the Series

Global Institutions

The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex, UK).

The Series has two "streams" identified by their covers:

  • Blue covers offer comprehensive, accessible, and informative guides to the history, structure, and activities of key international organizations, and introductions to topics of key importance in contemporary global governance. Recognized experts use a similar structure to address the general purpose and rationale for specific organizations along with historical developments, membership, structure, decision-making procedures, key functions, and an annotated bibliography and guide to electronic sources.
  • Red covers consist of research monographs and edited collections that advance knowledge about one aspect of global governance; they reflect a wide variety of intellectual orientations, theoretical persuasions, and methodological approaches.

Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General