Framing the International Criminal Court and its actors in the debate of pluralism and solidarism

Gael Ntaho & Kasper Koch Autrup

Student thesis: Termpaper


This paper examines and illuminates the actors involved in the negotiation and creation of the first permanent and independent International Criminal Court (ICC), founded to address crimes against humanity and international justice. Furthermore, it contributes to the ongoing debate of peace vs justice among international scholars. In the aftermath of the atrocities and crimes against humanity committed in Yugoslavia and Rwanda, the international community of states, NGOs and individuals finally found common ground and initiated the ICC, to avoid such atrocities occurring again. However, the ICC have been criticized to be a political tool of Western power states, of selectivity in cases and state leaders pursued, thus leading to not render universal justice. Through the debate of pluralism and solidarism within the English School, this paper analyses the different critique-points of the actors involved, stemming primarily from African states and the African Union. By analyzing the actors involved, through the debate of pluralism and solidarism, it becomes apparent that despite the creation of the solidarist ICC, thus international society moving towards a more solidarist viewpoint, the actors involved in international society still practices self-interest at the expense of individual justice.

EducationsInternational Studies, (Bachelor/Graduate Programme) Bachelor
Publication date19 Dec 2017
Number of pages20
SupervisorsLine Engbo Gissel