The Rise of International Criminal Law: Intended and Unintended Consequences

Posted: 15 Jul 2009  

Kenneth Anderson

American University - Washington College of Law

Date Written: April 2009

Abstract

The rise of international criminal law has been one of the remarkable features of international law since 1990. One of the less-explored questions of international criminal law is its social effects, within the international community and the community of public international law, in other parts and activities of international law. In particular, what are the effects of the rise of international criminal law and its emerging system of tribunals on the rest of the laws of armed conflict? What are the effects upon apparently unrelated aspects of humanitarian and human rights law? What are the effects upon other large systems and institutions of public international law, such as the UN and other international organizations? As international criminal law has emerged as a visible face of public international law, has it supplanted or even ‘crowded’ other aspects and institutions of public international law? This brief article offers a high-altitude, high-speed look at the effects of international criminal law on other parts of public international law and organizations.

Suggested Citation

Anderson, Kenneth, The Rise of International Criminal Law: Intended and Unintended Consequences (April 2009). European Journal of International Law, Vol. 20, Issue 2, pp. 331-358, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1433974 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejil/chp030

Kenneth Anderson (Contact Author)

American University - Washington College of Law ( email )

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