Four Cosmopolitan Projects: The International Criminal Court in Context<sup>1</sup>

Antonio Franceschet

in Governance, Order, and the International Criminal Court

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780199546732
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720406 | DOI:
Four Cosmopolitan Projects: The International Criminal Court in Context1

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This chapter develops a conceptual typology of four distinct cosmopolitan political projects that have influenced international law: control, order, governance, and citizenship. It argues that cosmopolitanism in the context of the ICC is not simply a homogeneous approach to reforming international law and politics. Rather, it is an approach demonstrating how the politics of state support for the ICC is occurring largely on the terrain of cosmopolitan moral politics. Cosmopolitans have supported the reform of world politics in ways that emphasize or privilege one or more of the following objectives: control for the sake of rights enforcement; order for the sake of international peace and security; governance for the sake of democratic reform; and citizenship for the sake of a common humanity. Although each of these projects supports the cosmopolitanization of international law, they do so in different ways. The chapter interprets both the objectives and implications of the ICC in light of these four political projects and the different forms of cosmopolitanism politics at play.

Keywords: governance; ethics; citizenship; control; order; realpolitik

Chapter.  10835 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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