States of Justice: The Politics of the International Criminal Court

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IR Seminar Series

Date & time

Monday 15 March 2021




Dr Oumar Ba


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Dr Ba will talk about his new book, States of Justice, which theorises the ways in which states that are presumed to be weaker in the international system use the International Criminal Court (ICC) to advance their security and political interests.

Ultimately, the book contends that African states have managed to instrumentally and strategically use the international justice system to their advantage, a theoretical framework that challenges the “justice cascade” argument. The empirical work of this study focuses on four major themes around the intersection of power, states’ interests, and the global governance of atrocity crimes: firstly, the strategic use of self-referrals to the ICC; secondly, complementarity between national and the international justice system; thirdly, the limits of state cooperation with international courts; and finally the use of international courts in domestic political conflicts.

Oumar Ba is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Morehouse College. His primary research agenda focuses on international criminal justice norms and regimes, and the global governance of atrocity crimes. He also studies worldmaking and visions for and alternatives to the current international order, from Global South perspectives.

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