Many prosecutors and commentators have praised the victim provisions at the International Criminal Court (ICC) as 'justice for victims', which for the first time include participation, protection and reparations. This book critically examines the role of victims in international criminal justice, drawing from human rights, victimology, and best practices in transitional justice.
Drawing on field research in Northern Uganda, Luke Moffet explores the nature of international crimes and assesses the role of victims in the proceedings of the ICC, paying particular attention to their recognition, participation, reparations and protection. The book argues that because of the criminal nature and structural limitations of the ICC, justice for victims is symbolic, requiring State Parties to complement the work of the Court to address victims' needs.
In advancing an innovative theory of justice for victims, and in offering solutions to current challenges, the book will be of great interest and use to academics, practitioners and students engaged in victimology, the ICC, transitional justice, or reparations.
Luke Moffett is a Research Fellow at the School of Law, Queen's University Belfast.
Introduction 1. Conceiving Justice for Victims of International Crimes 2. The Development of Victims in International Criminal Justice 3. Victims in the Proceedings of the International Criminal Court 4. Reparations and Responsibility under the Rome Statute 5. The Impact of the International Criminal Court on Victims in Northern Uganda 6. Victim-Orientated Complementarity: A Wider Perspective 7. Conclusion