The ICC and the Prevention of Atrocities

Addressing vulnerability and promoting security
Feb 23, 2024 | Hague Institute for Global Justice

One of the founding principles of the International Criminal Court(ICC) is the prevention of mass atrocities by punishing those mostresponsible for them. This paper by the Hague Institute for Global Justicebuilds on the literature that has both hailed and critiqued the prospects ofthe ICC’s deterrence of future atrocities, adding insights from criminology andpsychology to deepen understanding of the ICC’s deterrent capabilities, and scrutinizethe workings of this process. Building on previous criminological studies intothe ICC’s deterrent effect, the paper expands the analysis, incorporatinginsights from (social) psychology and political science, to offer further perspectivesand refine understanding of the ICC’s potential for deterrence.

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