SCL Lecture: The International Criminal Court at the Mercy of Powerful States

Published 4 July 2016

On 29 June 2016, Dr Res Schuerch (University of Amsterdam and University of Zürich) provided a presentation on the topic of his PhD dissertation, titled “The International Criminal Court at the Mercy of Powerful States: How the Rome Statute Promotes Legal Neo-Colonialism”. This event was organised by the T.M.C Asser Instituut as part of the Supranational Criminal Law lecture series, in partnership with the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) and the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies of Leiden University.

Dr Bérénice Boutin opened the event by introducing Dr Schuerch and his topic, who began his presentation by outlining how he became interested in the relationship between the International Criminal Court (ICC) and powerful states. Dr Schuerch noted that his work provided a Western perspective of an issue more often addressed from an African standpoint, with the intention to distinguish his work from the more political and emotive arguments that existed within critical legal approaches towards the ICC.

In his presentation, Dr Schuerch analysed three provisions of the Rome Statute and provided a critical analysis of how they contributed towards a system of power imbalance between powerful and less powerful states.

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