1st Edition

The International Politics of Judicial Intervention
Creating a More Just Order

ISBN 9780415502580
Published October 7, 2011 by Routledge
192 Pages - 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume considers the most recent demands for justice within the international system, examining how such aspirations often conflict with norms of state sovereignty and non-intervention.

From an interdisciplinary approach that combines issues of International Relations with International Law, this book addresses issues neglected in both disciplines concerning the establishment a more just international order and its political implications. Through detailed examples drawn from key developments in international law, the author explores how new norms develop within international society, and how these norms generate both resistance and compliance from state actors. Case studies include:

  • Pinochet and the House of Lords
  • The Congo versus Belgium at the International Court of Justice
  • The establishment of the ad hoc war crimes tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
  • The creation of the International Criminal Court and US opposition.

The International Politics of Judicial Intervention will be of interest to students and scholars of International Relations, Human Rights and International Law.


Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Order and Justice in International Relations - A Theoretical and Analytical Framework  2. The Emergence of Human Rights and the Limits of their Enforcement  3. The Pinochet Decisions in the House of Lords  4. The International Arrest Warrant Case – The Congo versus Belgium  5. The Creation of the Ad Hoc International War Crimes Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia  6. Judicial Intervention Coming of Age? The International Criminal Court and US Opposition.  Conclusion  A More ‘Just’ Order?

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Andrea Birdsall is a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Strathclyde.