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Victims and Prosecutors: Clientelism, Legalism, and Culture at the International Criminal Court, Vol. 53

Stephen Cody

23 Mar 2022

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) have a dual mission: hold perpetrators accountable for grave international crimes, and deliver justice to victims. To fulfill these mandates, the Office of the Prosecutor must navigate dynamic understandings of justice in disparate post-conflict societies. Yet, few empirical studies have investigated how culture—viewed as a resource for navigating social relations—impacts relationships between ICC prosecutors and victims and shapes participants’ expectations of international criminal law. Do prosecutors and victims embedded in distinct relational networks experience international justice differently? 

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Assistant Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School; Ph.D., J.D., University of California, Berkeley; M.Phil., Cambridge University; B.A., Temple University.

For comments and conversations, I am grateful to Amanda Beck, Omar Dajani, William Dodge, Laurel Fletcher, Zachary D. Kaufman, Alexa Koenig, Sharmila Murthy, Beth Van Schaack, Aaron Simowitz, David Sloss, Eric Stover, and Jarrod Wong as well as participants of the Boston Area Junior Faculty Roundtable, the Northern California International Law Scholars Workshop held at Berkeley Law, and the International Law Association’s International Law Weekend held at Fordham Law. This research was funded by the National Science Foundation’s Program on Law and Social Sciences (SES# 1424213 & SES# 1535506) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. I especially want to express a special thanks to all the survivors and International Criminal Court officials who agreed to speak with me about their experiences.