Complementarity in the Line of Fire: The Catalysing Effect of the International Criminal Court in Uganda and Sudan

Complementarity in the Line of Fire: The Catalysing Effect of the International Criminal Court in Uganda and Sudan

by Sarah M. H. Nouwen

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Complementarity in the Line of Fire: The Catalysing Effect of the International Criminal Court in Uganda and Sudan by Sarah M. H. Nouwen

Of the many expectations attending the creation of the first permanent International Criminal Court, the greatest has been that the principle of complementarity would catalyse national investigations and prosecutions of conflict-related crimes and lead to the reform of domestic justice systems. Sarah Nouwen explores whether complementarity has had such an effect in two states subject to ICC intervention: Uganda and Sudan. Drawing on extensive empirical research and combining law, legal anthropology and political economy, she unveils several effects and outlines the catalysts for them. However, she also reveals that one widely anticipated effect - an increase in domestic proceedings for conflict-related crimes - has barely occurred. This finding leads to the unravelling of paradoxes that go right to the heart of the functioning of an idealistic Court in a world of real constraints.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107010789
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/31/2013
Series: Cambridge Studies in Law and Society
Pages: 526
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.26(d)

About the Author

Sarah M. H. Nouwen is a university lecturer in law at the University of Cambridge. She is also a fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law and of Pembroke College.

Table of Contents

Prologue: in the line of fire; 1. Introduction: complementarity from the line of fire; 2. The Rome Statute: complementarity in its legal context; 3. Uganda: compromising complementarity; 4. Sudan: complementarity in a state of denial; 5. Paradoxes unravelled: weaknesses in complementarity's catalysing effect; 6. Conclusion: complementarity in the line of fire.

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