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The International Criminal Court in Ongoing Intrastate Conflicts
Navigating the Peace–Justice Divide

  • Date Published: October 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107069473


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  • In recent decades, international courts have increasingly started investigating armed conflicts. However, the impact of this remains under-researched. Patrick S. Wegner closes this gap via a comprehensive analysis of the impact of the International Criminal Court in the Darfur and Lord's Resistance Army conflicts. He offers a fresh approach to peace and conflict studies, while avoiding the current quantitative focus of the literature and polarisation between critics and supporters of applying justice in conflicts. This is the first time that the impact of an international criminal court has been analysed in all its facets in two conflicts. The consequences of these investigations are much more complex and difficult to predict than most of the existing literature suggests. Recurrent claims, such as the deterrent effect of trials and the danger of blocking negotiations by the issuing of arrest warrants, are put to the test here with some surprising results.

    • Applies peace and conflict studies to a field dominated by legal literature in order to provide new insights and perspectives for academics working in transitional justice
    • Offers new perspectives on the topic by transcending the current polarisation in transitional justice literature between supporters and critics of international trials
    • The comprehensive overview of existing research makes this an ideal resource for both researchers and students
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    'Well-written, pedagogically structured and temporally relevant, this monograph gives an excellent overview of the main debates about the ICC in ongoing conflicts and, more importantly, brings the reader beyond the classical dichotomy on the pros and cons of the ICC's involvement, with methodology and nuances. Wegner not only explores the ICC's challenges, but also provides potential solutions and addresses an important caution to legal advisors: law cannot navigate without politics.' Claire Magnoux, Journal of International Criminal Justice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107069473
    • length: 430 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 160 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.77kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus. 4 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. The International Criminal Court in Conflicts:
    2. The ICC and its role in international politics
    3. Cross-case overview
    Part II. Case Studies:
    4. The ICC in Sudan: fighting impunity or heightening tensions?
    5. The ICC in Uganda: isolating spoilers or blocking negotiations?
    Part III. Results:
    6. Transcending the peace-justice divide
    7. Conclusions and outlook

  • Author

    Patrick S. Wegner, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany
    Patrick S. Wegner is employed at the Federal German Foreign Office. He researched this book while completing a Ph.D. at Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany.

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