This innovative and systematic work on the political and ethical dimensions of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is the first comprehensive attempt to situate the politics of the ICC both theoretically and practically. Steering a new path between conventional approaches that stress the formal link between legitimacy and legal neutrality, and unconventional approaches that treat legitimacy and politics as inextricable elements of a repressive international legal order, Steven C. Roach formulates the concept of political legalism, which calls for a self-directed and engaged application of the legal rules and principles of the ICC Statute. Politicizing the International Criminal Court is a must-read for scholars, students, and policymakers interested in the dynamics of this important international institution.
Steven C. Roach is assistant professor in the Department of Government and International Affairs at the University of South Florida. He is the author of Cultural Autonomy, Minority Rights, and Globalization, and editor of Critical Theory and International Relations: A Reader. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and is currently finishing a book on the evolution of critical international theory.
Chapter 1 Introduction: The Global Politics of Criminalizing Violence Part 2 Part I History and Legal Structure Chapter 3 Historical Background: From the League of Nations to the Rome Conference Chapter 4 Legal Principles and Political Issues Part 5 Part II Theory and Ethics Chapter 6 Legalization, Pragmatic Ethics, and Integration Chapter 7 Constructing World Society: The Ethics and Politics of Global Juridification Chapter 8 Value Pluralism and Political Cosmopolitanism Part 9 Part III Political Legalism: Political Strategies and Policy Arrangements Chapter 10 U.S. Opposition and Strategic Accommodation Chapter 11 Religion and Politics: Arab States and the Role of Islamic Ethics Chapter 12 A Cooperative Arrangement with the U.N. Security Council Chapter 13 Conclusion: Toward New Global Political Order