The International Criminal Court, the 'Arab Spring' and Its Aftermath

Diritti umani e diritto internazionale (2016).

26 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2016

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Frederic Megret

McGill University - Faculty of Law

Nidal Nabil Jurdi

McGill University; American University of Beirut

Date Written: June 10, 2016

Abstract

This article seeks to conceptualize the relationship of the International Criminal Court to the events collectively known as the "Arab Spring." It suggests that an impact of international criminal justice in this context cannot readily be assumed but that the Court has had more of a role than its limited interventions in the region suggest. The article focuses in particular on the work of international criminal justice in connection to the Arab Spring as resulting from the criss-crossing strategies of various actors. It analyzes some of its impacts on the dynamics of war and intervention, in distributing blame, in fighting impunity and on transitional justice more generally. The article concludes with a few thoughts on how the encounter with a macro-social event such as the "Arab Spring" shapes what can be expected of international criminal justice.

Suggested Citation

Mégret, Frédéric and Jurdi, Nidal Nabil, The International Criminal Court, the 'Arab Spring' and Its Aftermath (June 10, 2016). Diritti umani e diritto internazionale (2016).. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2793884

Frédéric Mégret (Contact Author)

McGill University - Faculty of Law ( email )

3644 Peel Street
Montreal H3A 1W9, Quebec
Canada

Nidal Nabil Jurdi

McGill University ( email )

1001 Sherbrooke St. W
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1G5
Canada

American University of Beirut ( email )

Beirut, 0236
Lebanon

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