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The Local Impact of the International Criminal Court: From Law to Justice

ISBN13: 9781009152747
To be Published: November 2022
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £85.00

The International Criminal Court seeks to end impunity for the world's worst crimes, to contribute to their prevention. But what is its impact to date? This book takes an in-depth look at four countries under scrutiny of the ICC: Afghanistan, Colombia, Libya and Uganda. It puts forward an analytical framework to assess the impact of the ICC on four levels: on the domestic legal systems (systemic effect); on peace negotiations and agreements (transformative effect); on victims (reparative effect); and on the perceptions of affected populations (demonstration effect). It concludes that the ICC, through its expressive function, is having a normative impact on domestic legal systems and peace agreements, but it has brought little reparative justice for victims, and it does not necessarily correspond with affected populations view justice priorities. The book concludes that justice for the world's worst crimes has no “universal formula” that can easily be captured in law.

Criminal Law, International Criminal Law
1. A framework for assessing the impact of the ICC
2. Systemic effect I: The flaws of complementarity
3. Systemic effect II: Internalization of the Rome statute
4. Transformative effect I: A paradigm shift in peace negotiations?
5. Transformative effect II: Peace negotiations in the shadow of the ICC
6. Societal impact I: Reparative effect for victims?
7. Societal impact II: Demonstration effect in affected communities
8. Conclusion: from law to justice
Annex A: Methodological note
Annex B: The current state of the international court