Publication Date

1-1-2015

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Bowers, J.D.

Degree Name

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

Department

Department of Anthropology||Department of History||Department of Political Science

Abstract

This work examines the International Criminal Court (ICC) and its capacity for preventing and deterring atrocity crimes (genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes) in relation to its historical development and current standing. Prevention and deterrence at the international level are very difficult to measure empirically, so this work focuses on the perceived successes and challenges of the ICC’s deterrent capacity as a “Court of last resort," in light of international legal and institutional norms. The Court, now in its thirteenth year, is the first of its kind, leaving it vulnerable to (sometimes) unrealistic criticisms and expectations as it builds a network of external cooperation and works to modify its procedures in favor of effectiveness and efficiency for the coming years. In analyzing the various claims, I argue that while deterrence is not total, the ICC has developed a growing preventative impact that will continue to progress alongside as well as shape the emerging field of international criminal law.

Extent

51 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

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Text

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