Politics and Prosecutions, from Katherine Fite to Fatou Bensouda

Proceedings of the Fifth International Humanitarian Law Dialogs, Elizabeth Andersen and David M. Crane, eds., 2012, Forthcoming

16 Pages Posted: 26 Apr 2012

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Diane Marie Amann

University of Georgia School of Law

Date Written: April 26, 2012

Abstract

Based on the Katherine B. Fite Lecture delivered at the 5th Annual International Humanitarian Law Dialogs in Chautauqua, New York, this essay examines the role that politics has played in the evolution of international criminal justice. It first establishes the frame of the lecture series and its relation to IntLawGrrls blog, a cosponsor of the IHL Dialogs. It then discusses the career of the series' namesake, Katherine B. Fite, a State Department lawyer who helped draft the Charter of the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg and who was, in her own words, a "political observer" of the proceedings. The essay then turns to the the International Criminal Court, in which the first Prosecutor insisted that his was a "judicial" mandate wholly separate from politics. With an eye to transition this year, when a new Prosecutor will assume office, it considers how the ICC might work more effectively within the context of policy choices its officers make.

Keywords: International Criminal Court, international organizations, Security Council, international law, Fatou Bensouda, Katherine B. Fite, legal history, Nuremberg, International Military Tribunal

JEL Classification: K00, K33, K14

Suggested Citation

Amann, Diane Marie, Politics and Prosecutions, from Katherine Fite to Fatou Bensouda (April 26, 2012). Proceedings of the Fifth International Humanitarian Law Dialogs, Elizabeth Andersen and David M. Crane, eds., 2012, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2046662

Diane Marie Amann (Contact Author)

University of Georgia School of Law ( email )

225 Herty Drive
Athens, GA 30602
United States

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