This book examines the International Criminal Court (ICC) from a
political science and international relations perspective. It
describes the main features of the Court and discusses the
political negotiations and the on-going clashes between those
states who oppose the Court, particularly the United States, and
those who defend it.
Secondly it explores how international law-making, and in
particular the building of global institutions, has changed in the
last decade, using negotiations and struggles surrounding the
establishment of the ICC as an example. The input of organizations
and individuals from civil society in the process of establishing
the ICC was unprecedented and the author goes on to evaluate the
merits and difficulties of this new involvement of global civil
society in international law-making and institution-building.
The author argues that while global civil society does not deliver
global democracy, it does contribute to more transparent, more
deliberative and more ethical international decision-making which
is ultimately preferable to a world of isolated sovereign states
with no accountability outside their borders, or exclusive and
secretive state-to-state diplomacy.
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