The Creation of an Ad Hoc Elite: And the Value of International Criminal Law Expertise on a Global Market

Forthcoming in THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW, Kevin Jon Heller, Frederic Megret, Sarah Nouwen, Jens Ohlin, Darryl Robinson (eds.), Oxford University Press

iCourts Working Paper Series No. 117

University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2018-53

18 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2018 Last revised: 3 May 2018

Date Written: February 20, 2018

Abstract

This article investigates the creation and evolution of a new professional elite within and around the international criminal courts. By professional elite the article refers here to the agents able to move into senior positions and individually exert material and symbolic influence on the development of international criminal law (ICL). Building on a wider internationalization of criminal law and political investments in international institution building, this group of professionals moved from other career paths into the nascent field of ICL. Here they became the drivers of new institutional and legal developments and one of the primary embodiments of the institutional and symbolic authority generated in this field. The influence of this heterogeneous group that consisted of legal professionals, NGO advocates, diplomats and academics often built on the ability to mobilize several different forms of expertise and invest it towards the promise to end impunity.

Keywords: International criminal courts, international criminal law, elites, sociology of law

Suggested Citation

Christensen, Mikkel Jarle, The Creation of an Ad Hoc Elite: And the Value of International Criminal Law Expertise on a Global Market (February 20, 2018). Forthcoming in THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW, Kevin Jon Heller, Frederic Megret, Sarah Nouwen, Jens Ohlin, Darryl Robinson (eds.), Oxford University Press; iCourts Working Paper Series No. 117; University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2018-53. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3126710

Mikkel Jarle Christensen (Contact Author)

University of Copenhagen - Faculty of Law ( email )

Studiestraede 6
Studiestrade 6
Copenhagen, DK-1455
Denmark

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