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Critical Approaches to International Criminal Law: An Introduction

Edited by: Christine Schwobel

ISBN13: 9780415727044
Published: May 2014
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
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This collection of essays is the first dedicated to the topic of critical approaches to international criminal law. This field has recently experienced a significant surge in scholarship, in institutions, and in public debate. Individual criminal accountability is firmly entrenched in both international law and the international consciousness as a necessary mechanism of responsibility. Yet international criminal law as a field has is largely unchecked and unquestioned. The speed at which international tribunals, such as the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, or the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and of course the permanent International Criminal Court, were established has left little time to ponder the assumptions which inform international criminal justice as it is currently understood. A more considered interrogation this field is, then, overdue. And, including papers from an international range of experts in this area, this book critically examines the central tenets of international criminal law: its limitations, as well as its complicities.

International Criminal Law
Introduction to an Introduction to Critical Approaches to International Criminal Law, Christine Schwobel

Part I: The Need for Critique
1. International Criminal Justice: a Critical Research Agenda, Frederic Megret
2. Critical Orientations: On Critique, Practice and Ethics at the ICC, Sara Kendall
3. What do we talk about when we talk about 'we' in International Criminal Law: On Critique and Membership, Immi Tallgren
4. Critique and Complicity, Michelle Farrell

Part II: The Political Nature of International Criminal Law
5. What does it mean to say International Criminal Law is Political?, Tor Krever
6. Democratization as Politicization in International Criminal Law, Heidi Matthews
7. Contesting the Constituency: Embracing the Politics of International Criminal Law, Paul Clark

Part III: International Criminal Legal Histories Revisited
8. International Criminal Law and the Past, Gerry Simpson
9. Silences, Remembering and Forgetting in International Criminal Histories: The Nineteenth Century Slave Trading Trial of Joseph Peters and the Victim Subject of International Criminal Law, Emily Haslam

Part IV: The Visible and the Invisible in International Criminal Law
10. Africa, International Criminal Law and the Politics of Individualism, Christopher Gevers
11. An Arresting Spectacle? Political Assassination within the Purview of International Criminal Law, Michelle Burgis-Kasthala
12. Liverpool Critical Perspectives on International Criminal Law, Grietje Baars
13. The Market and Marketing Culture of International Criminal Law, Christine Schwobel Epilogue - Bella: A Love Song for War, Johannes CS Frank