The International Criminal Court: Promise and Politics

Proceedings of the 109th Annual Meeting of ASIL (American Society of International Law), Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Washington DC, April 8-11, 2015

4 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2016

Date Written: April 2015

Abstract

This paper examines the promise and politics of the International Criminal Court. It analyzes the structural, institutional, and normative deficits of the ICC and argues that it was due to these deficits that the ICC's pursuit of several African high ranking indictees that it was deeply -- perhaps fatally -- damaged. The paper contends that the blame for these failures must be shared by a number of actors including African leaders within the AU, influential Western powers, and the United Nations.

Keywords: Africa, Kenyatta, The International Criminal Court, Kenya, UN Security Council, Sovereignty

Suggested Citation

Mutua, Makau, The International Criminal Court: Promise and Politics (April 2015). Proceedings of the 109th Annual Meeting of ASIL (American Society of International Law), Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Washington DC, April 8-11, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2825472

Makau Mutua (Contact Author)

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