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The UN Security Council and International Criminal Tribunals: Procedure Matters

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1st ed. 2020 2020. Buch. xix, 199 S. 2 s/w-Abbildungen, 7 Farbabbildungen, 7 Farbtabellen, Bibliographien. Hardcover

Springer. ISBN 978-3-030-23776-9

Format (B x L): 15,5 x 23,5 cm

In englischer Sprache

Das Werk ist Teil der Reihe: Studies in Global Justice; 20


The book enlightens why and how the UN Security Council authorizes international criminal investigations into mass atrocities. In doing so, it tackles head-on the obvious double standards of global justice, where few atrocities get investigated and most slip even below the news headlines. The book argues that the Council’s decision-making procedure is central to understanding the Council’s decisions. This procedure is broken into three distinct steps, namely the role of diplomats at the Council, the Council’s reliance on third parties and the Council’s resort to precedent. The volume documents that the Council authorized international criminal investigations only into the handful of mass atrocities for which the Council’s deliberations successfully completed each of these three steps. Written for both scholars and practitioners, the book’s three unique features are the combination of several research fields, the depth of its evidence, and the simple, yet not simplistic, nature of its argument. First, in looking at the work of the Council vis-à-vis atrocity investigations, it combines insights from the fields of international relations, international law and human rights. This combination allows the book to transcend the myopic confines of a single discipline and present an argument that is supported by the actual facts. Second, the volume presents evidence that support its argument from archival research and interviews with diplomats who took part in the Council’s deliberations on atrocities. The depth of the evidence allows a proper examination of the argument across cases and across time. Finally, by arguing that procedure matters the book avoids the yes/no (or 0 vs 1) tendency of many social science projects. Appreciating that there is no silver bullet to explain the work of the Council’s five permanent and ten elected members, the book presents an explanation using three decision-making steps. Chris Kaoutzanis's Procedure Matters is deep dive into how the UN Security Council actually works in dealing with some of the world's worst atrocities. Showing that UN procedure does matter, Kaoutzanis illuminates the limited accountability for international crimes that can be expected from that vital institution. As importantly, he offers a road map for how to use UN legitimating procedures to navigate the power politics of that august body. This is a map no scholar of international institutions and no human rights activist should be without. Michael Doyle, Columbia University This project recognizes what the scholarly literature has generally ignored or deemphasized: the central role of the Security Council in responding to mass atrocity situations. As much as international lawyers would hate to admit it, the legal response to international crimes is initially controlled not by international judges and tribunals, but rather by the Security Council and its geo-political and diplomatic complications. Kaoutzanis has put the sun back at the center of our solar system. Jens David Ohlin, Cornell Law School


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