The ICC is NOT a Slice of Cheese

Forthcoming, Journal of International Criminal Justice, iCourts Working Paper Series No. 184

22 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2020

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Shai Dothan

University of Copenhagen - iCourts - Centre of Excellence for International Courts

Date Written: December 18, 2019

Abstract

My friend Jakob Holtermann compared the International Criminal Court (ICC) to a slice of swiss cheese. The metaphor is meant to indicate that the ICC operates as a filter that would deter some of the criminals left undeterred by national criminal law systems, which is true. But the metaphor also suggests that the ICC would only deter extra criminals and would not damage the deterrence achieved by preceding filters, which is false. This paper explains why.

Keywords: International Criminal Court, Deterrence, Complementarity

Suggested Citation

Dothan, Shai, The ICC is NOT a Slice of Cheese (December 18, 2019). Forthcoming, Journal of International Criminal Justice, iCourts Working Paper Series No. 184, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3505913

Shai Dothan (Contact Author)

University of Copenhagen - iCourts - Centre of Excellence for International Courts ( email )

Studiestraede 6
Copenhagen, DK-1455
Denmark

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