Politicizing the International Criminal Court: The Convergence of Politics, Ethics, and Law

Politicizing the International Criminal Court: The Convergence of Politics, Ethics, and Law

by Steven C. Roach

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The establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in July 1998 has attracted growing interest in the evolving role of politics in international law. Steven C. Roach's innovative and systematic work on the political and ethical dimensions of the ICC is the first comprehensive attempt to situate the politics of the ICC both theoretically and practically. Linking the ICC's internal politicization with its formative development, Roach provides a unique understanding of this institution's capacity to play a constructive role in global politics. He argues that an internal form of politicization will allow the ICC to counter outside efforts to politicize it, whether this involves the political agenda of a state hegemon or the geopolitical interests of U. N. Security Council permanent members.

Steering a new path between conventional approaches that stress the formal link between legitimacy and legal neutrality, and unconventional approaches that treat legitimacy and politics as inextricable elements of a repressive international legal order, Roach formulates the concept of political legalism, which calls for a self-directed and engaged application of the legal rules and principles of the ICC Statute. Politicizing the International Criminal Court is a must-read for scholars, students, and policymakers interested in the dynamics of this important international institution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781461641001
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 08/24/2006
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 666 KB

About the Author

Steven C. Roach is assistant professor in the Department of Government and International Affairs at the University of South Florida. He is the author of Cultural Autonomy, Minority Rights, and Globalization, and editor of Critical Theory and International Relations: A Reader. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and is currently finishing a book on the evolution of critical international theory.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: The Global Politics of Criminalizing Violence
Part 2 Part I History and Legal Structure
Chapter 3 Historical Background: From the League of Nations to the Rome Conference
Chapter 4 Legal Principles and Political Issues
Part 5 Part II Theory and Ethics
Chapter 6 Legalization, Pragmatic Ethics, and Integration
Chapter 7 Constructing World Society: The Ethics and Politics of Global Juridification
Chapter 8 Value Pluralism and Political Cosmopolitanism
Part 9 Part III Political Legalism: Political Strategies and Policy Arrangements
Chapter 10 U.S. Opposition and Strategic Accommodation
Chapter 11 Religion and Politics: Arab States and the Role of Islamic Ethics
Chapter 12 A Cooperative Arrangement with the U.N. Security Council
Chapter 13 Conclusion: Toward New Global Political Order

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Geoffrey Robertson

Law and politics do not usually mix, but if global justice is to flourish, courts must make some compromises with the 'realpolitik.' This is an important study of an uncomfortable fact of international legal life.

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