Session 5

Friday, April 11, 2014
1:30 - 3:00 pm
Carr Center Conference Room (Rubenstein 219)
Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Study Group
Transitional Justice

Spring 2014
Sesssion 5


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Session Title/Topic:

The International Criminal Court and the Politics of Impartial Justice


Alana Tiemessen
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Political Science, University of Chicago

Session Overview:

This presentation will assess the credibility of the International Criminal Court as an impartial and independent institution by demonstrating how state behavior toward the Court has politicized prosecutions. There are two mechanisms by which prosecutions have become politicized: the referrals of conflict situations to the ICC by political actors and the prospect and degree of state cooperation with the Court. Consequently, prosecutions have targeted only one side of the conflict and reflect the strategic political interests of the referring actors but promise a greater degree of state cooperation.

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