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    Collapsing legitimacy: how the crime of aggression could affect the ICC’s legitimacy

    Cowell, Frederick and Magini, Ana (2017) Collapsing legitimacy: how the crime of aggression could affect the ICC’s legitimacy. International Criminal Law Review , ISSN 1567-536X. (In Press)

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    The ICC will gain the capacity to prosecute the cr ime of aggression in 2017. The A mendments to the Rome Statute are the product of a political compromise and have a complex legal structure with a high definitional threshold for an act of aggression alongside a bespoke jurisdictional arrangement. This legal structure is likely to mean that very few acts of aggression are considered crimes. Even wh en acts of aggression pass the threshold set out in the amendments , it is highly likely that any such prosecution would not succ eed. This paper argues that this is likely to significantly impact the legitimacy of the I CC as an organiz ation . To understand this , it is necessary to look at the different meanings of legitimacy before examining how the way in which the law is configured could undermine the pol itical legitimacy of the organiz ation as a whole.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Law
    Depositing User: Frederick Cowell
    Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2017 14:46
    Last Modified: 22 Mar 2017 14:46


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