Shifting Accounts of Justice: The Legalisation and Politicisation of International Criminal Justice

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Redwood, H. and Goozee, H. (2021). Shifting Accounts of Justice: The Legalisation and Politicisation of International Criminal Justice. Social & Legal Studies. https://doi.org/10.1177/09646639211058832
AuthorsRedwood, H. and Goozee, H.
AbstractIn December 2015, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda delivered its final verdict in Butare, bringing the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda to a close after 21-years. Despite the important role that the tribunal played in confirming international criminal justice as a key transitional justice mechanism, and tool of international peace and security, there has been little retrospective analysis of the court’s history. This article draws on a Bourdieusian field analysis to address the absence and makes two contributions. First, it demonstrates that over the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda’s history the tribunal’s conception of justice shifted from a weak form of restorative justice to a more traditional form of retributive justice. Second, it reveals that this shift was the result of a ‘settling’ on the law and, more importantly, UN Security Council interventions. This legalisation and politicisation of trial practice saw a shift in the field from prioritising moral authority to legal and delegated authority.
KeywordsLaw; General Social Sciences; Sociology and Political Science
Year2021
JournalSocial & Legal Studies
PublisherSAGE Publications
ISSN0964-6639
1461-7390
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/09646639211058832
Funder/ClientEconomic and Social Research Council
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Online08 Dec 2021
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Accepted07 Oct 2021
Deposited13 Oct 2021
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