Between International Criminal Justice and Injustice: Theorising Legitimacy

C. Bailliet and N. Hayashi (eds.), The Legitimacy of International Criminal Tribunals (Cambridge University Press 2016)

26 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2015 Last revised: 19 Jun 2017

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Sergey Vasiliev

Department of Criminal Law; University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Center for International Law

Date Written: September 25, 2015

Abstract

The attention the concept of legitimacy has received in international criminal law is incommensurate to its pervasive use in scholarship and definitional challenges it poses. The chapter introduces and reflects on the current state of the debate on legitimacy of international criminal justice. The chapter defines legitimacy by comparing it to competing notions and outlines its normative and sociological conceptions. It then discusses the taxonomies and types of legitimacy which may be useful for the purpose of justifying and critiquing the international criminal tribunals’ authority. The chapter concludes with remarks on the added value and functions of the legitimacy discourse in the field of international criminal justice.

Keywords: international criminal tribunals, critique, normative legitimacy, sociological legitimacy, legality

Suggested Citation

Vasiliev, Sergey, Between International Criminal Justice and Injustice: Theorising Legitimacy (September 25, 2015). C. Bailliet and N. Hayashi (eds.), The Legitimacy of International Criminal Tribunals (Cambridge University Press 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2665821

Sergey Vasiliev (Contact Author)

Department of Criminal Law ( email )

REC A919
Faculty of Law University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam, 1001NB
Netherlands

University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Center for International Law ( email )

REC A919
Faculty of Law University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam, 1001NB
Netherlands

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