16 octobre 2013

OUVRAGE : Y. Dutton, Rules, Politics, and the International Criminal Court: Committing to the Court

Kadidiatou HAMA 

In this new work, Dutton examines the ICC and whether and how its enforcement mechanism influences state membership and the court’s ability to realize treaty goals, examining questions such as:
- Why did states decide to create the ICC and design the institution with this uniquely strong enforcement mechanism?
- Will the ICC’s enforcement mechanism be sufficient to hold states accountable to their commitment so that the ICC can realize its goal of ending impunity for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes?
- Will states view the ICC’s enforcement mechanism as a credible threat and refuse to join unless they already have good domestic human rights practices and institutions that are independent and capable of prosecuting human rights abuses?
- If states that most need to improve their domestic legal practices as relates to protecting against human rights abuses do not join the court, is there any hope that the threat of punishment by the ICC can play a role in bettering state’s human rights practices and deterring individuals from committing mass atrocities?


1. The ICC: a new kind of institution in the international human rights regime
2. Testing state commitment to the ICC
3. The United States - for justice, but against relinquishing sovereignty
4. Germany - a strong country leads the way to a Strong court
5. Canada, France, and the United Kingdom - a study in contrasts
6. Trinidad and Tobago - compliance before norms
7. Rwanda - credible threat, not credible commitment
8. Kenya - hope becomes regret
9. Conclusion

Yvonne DUTTON, Rules, Politics, and the International Criminal Court: Committing to the Court, Oxford, Routledge, 2013 (199 pp.)

Yvonne Dutton is currently an Associate Professor at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law where she teaches International Criminal Law, Criminal Law, Federal Criminal Law, and Evidence. 

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