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The International Criminal Court
A Global Civil Society Achievement

ISBN 9780415459952
Published December 3, 2007 by Routledge
174 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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?

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