Sibylle Scheipers

in Negotiating Sovereignty and Human Rights

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780719080098
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781703021 | DOI:

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The transatlantic debate about the establishment of the ICC involves four discourses, each of which constructs the configuration of sovereignty and human rights in a specific way. This chapter summarises the findings and discusses them with reference to several questions: first, what conclusions can we draw from the US stance on the ICC? And second, how can we explain the fact that the UK and France shifted their positions on the Court in 1997 and 1998, respectively? The conclusion discusses what consequences emerge from the fact that different actors in international relations have different conceptions of international order and the role that sovereignty and human rights are supposed to play within that order. It examines how this affects the concept of international society.

Keywords: ICC; transatlantic debate; UK; France; international society; human rights; sovereignty

Chapter.  7968 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Theory

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