Teresa Degenhardt Valeria Verdolini

For a Genealogy of International Criminal Justice: Paradoxes and Ambiguities

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This article aims to consider the role for a critical criminology outside the national dimension, highlighting its continuities with studies in the critical tradition which have suggested the need to address State criminality and criminogenic structures more in general, but also suggesting a critique of international criminal law as a governmentality project. It reconstructs the genealogy of the international criminal justice system, following on from Schmitt and other well known authors, but it focuses in specific on its paradoxes, contradictions and ambiguities rather than its purely political effect. The authors argue that critical criminologists should engage with the international dimension of crime and control and approach this venture of a international criminal justice system as the possibility of "telling the truth" about State atrocities without missing on using strategically the category of human rights and law to bring to the fore minoritarian interests which are usually denied by power discourses and economic forces.


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