Cardiff University | Prifysgol Caerdydd ORCA
Online Research @ Cardiff 
WelshClear Cookie - decide language by browser settings

Weakness as routine in the operations of the Intentional Criminal Court

Dezalay, Sara ORCID: 2017. Weakness as routine in the operations of the Intentional Criminal Court. International Criminal Law Review 17 (2) , pp. 281-301. 10.1163/15718123-01702004

Full text not available from this repository.


How can one account for the contrast between the protracted weakness of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the strength of a global justice discourse focused on the criminalization of state and societal violence? To address this puzzle, this article suggests the hypothesis of global justice as a ‘weak field’ that is, a space that is weak as regards its internal autonomy but not weak in its wider social effects. Looking at professional patterns within the ICC, and the way in which evidence is marshalled into the Court, its gist is that weakness is not a transitory feature — rather it has developed into a structural feature of the ICC, and the broader field of global justice. Grounded in Bourdieu’s field theory, it relies on biographical interviews with ICC staff, academics and members of non-governmental organisations operating around the Court.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Cardiff Law & Politics
Subjects: J Political Science > JX International law
K Law > K Law (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Legal professions; Evidence; Judicial autonomy; Political sociology; International Criminal Court (ICC)
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
ISSN: 1567-536X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 24 March 2017
Date of Acceptance: 24 March 2016
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2023 02:10

Citation Data

Cited 10 times in Scopus. View in Scopus. Powered By Scopus® Data

Actions (repository staff only)

Edit Item Edit Item