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The International Criminal Court emerged in the early twenty-first century as an ambitious and permanent institution with a mandate to address mass atrocity crimes such as genocide and crimes against humanity. Although designed to exercise jurisdiction only in instances where states do not pursue these crimes themselves (and are unwilling or unable to do so), the Court's interventions, particularly in African states, have raised questions about the social value of its work and its political dimensions and effects. Bringing together scholars and practitioners who specialise on the ICC, this collection offers a diverse account of its interventions: from investigations to trials and from the Court's Hague-based centre to the networks of actors who sustain its activities. Exploring connections with transitional justice and international relations, and drawing upon critical insights from the interpretive social sciences, it offers a novel perspective on the ICC's work. This title is also available as Open Access.


'The book is an invaluable text for civil society organisations, researchers and practitioners looking to understand ICC interventions and wider debates on the local and global justice dynamics. Notably the book is available online free as an open access book, enabling greater access.'

Luke Moffett Source: Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

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  • Contested Justice
    pp i-ii
  • Contested Justice - Title page
    pp iii-iii
  • Copyright page
    pp iv-iv
  • Contents
    pp v-vii
  • Contributors
    pp viii-xiv
  • Foreword
    pp xv-xvii
  • Acknowledgements
    pp xviii-xix
  • Citing this work
    pp xx-xx
  • Introduction
    pp 1-20
  • Part I - Law’s shape and place
    pp 21-144
  • 1 - In whose name?
    pp 23-45
  • 2 - Justice civilisatrice?
    pp 46-84
  • 3 - The global as local
    pp 85-105
  • 4 - Bespoke transitional justice at the International Criminal Court
    pp 106-121
  • 5 - A synthesis of community-based justice and complementarity
    pp 122-144
  • Part II - Reception and contestation
    pp 145-248
  • 6 - In the shadow of Kwoyelo’s trial
    pp 147-170
  • 7 - A story of missed opportunities
    pp 171-197
  • 8 - The justice vanguard
    pp 198-218
  • 9 - ‘They told us we would be part of history’
    pp 219-248
  • Part III - Practices of inclusion and exclusion
    pp 249-376
  • 10 - Challenges and limitations of outreach
    pp 251-271
  • 11 - ‘We ask for justice, you give us law’
    pp 272-301
  • 12 - Refracted justice
    pp 302-325
  • 13 - Reparations and the politics of recognition
    pp 326-351
  • 14 - Beyond the restorative turn
    pp 352-376
  • Part IV - Politics and legal pluralism
    pp 377-495
  • 15 - All roads lead to Rome
    pp 379-407
  • 17 - Beyond the ‘shadow’ of the ICC
    pp 432-455

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