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The International Criminal Court

A Global Civil Society Achievement, 1st Edition

By Marlies Glasius


174 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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A new examination of the International Criminal Court (ICC) from a political science and international relations perspective.

It describes the main features of the court and discusses the political negotiations and the on-going clashes between those states who oppose the court, particularly the United States, and those who defend it. It also makes these issues accessible to non-lawyers and presents effective advocacy strategies for non-governmental organizations. It also delivers essential background to the place of the US in international relations and makes a major contribution to thinking about the ICC’s future.

While global civil society does not deliver global democracy, it does contribute to more transparent, more deliberative and more ethical international decision-making which is ultimately preferable to a world of isolated sovereign states with no accountability outside their borders, or exclusive and secretive state-to-state diplomacy.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of international relations, international law, globalization and global governance.

Table of Contents

1. A Universal Criminal Court: The Emergence of an Idea 2. The Global Civil Society Campaign 3. The Victory: The Independent Prosecutor 4. The Defeat: No Universal Jurisdiction 5. The Controversy: Gender and Forced Pregnancy 6. The Missed Chance: Banning Weapons 7. A Global Civil Society Achievement. Why Rejoice?

About the Series

Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics

International relations is a rapidly changing area of research, reacting to and anticipating an ever more integrated and globalised world. This series aims to publish the best new work in the field of international relations, and of politics more generally. Books in the series challenge existing empirical and normative theories, and advance new paradigms as well as presenting significant new research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Criminal Law / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General