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The Cosmopolitan Test: Universal Morality and the Challenge of the Darfur Genocide

Amy E. Eckert

in Governance, Order, and the International Criminal Court

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780199546732
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720406 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546732.003.0009
The Cosmopolitan Test: Universal Morality and the Challenge of the Darfur Genocide

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Although recent ICC's actions have highlighted the strength of cosmopolitan justice, the ICC's statist character has, in the case of Sudan, exposed the disjuncture between state and global responsibilities, and in so doing, revealed the institutionalized limits of its own statism. This does not mean, however, that state politics has and will continue to offset the Prosecutor's cosmopolitan intent. On the contrary, it suggests the weak institutional context of its intent and the consequent need to develop its institutional ties and organs in order to materialize the very strength of this intent. This chapter argues that while the ICC has shown great resolve in investigating and prosecuting the perpetrators of the Darfur genocide, the Darfur situation has exposed many of the underdeveloped institutional ties and/or concerns that have limited the impact of its cosmopolitan intent.

Keywords: cosmopolitan test; duty; statism; genocide; responsibility; justice; universal morality

Chapter.  8502 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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