States of Justice

Oumar Ba (Author)


This book theorizes 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, it 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. This book is valuable to students, scholars, and researchers who are interested in international relations, international criminal justice, peace and conflict studies, human rights, and African politics.

Product Details

Cambridge University Press
Publish Date
July 02, 2020
6.0 X 9.0 X 0.5 inches | 0.98 pounds

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About the Author

Oumar Ba is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Morehouse College, Atlanta. He earned a doctorate in political science from the University of Florida. His research interests lie at the intersection of global politics and international criminal justice, with a focus on the International Criminal Court, the global governance of atrocity crimes, cultural heritage in conflict, and the politics of knowledge production from Global South perspectives. The draft manuscript on which this book was based was the 2019 International Studies Association (ISA) Northeast Scholars' Circle honoree.