Journal Article

The Voice of the International

Immi Tallgren

in Journal of International Criminal Justice

Volume 13, issue 1, pages 135-155
Published in print March 2015 | ISSN: 1478-1387
Published online January 2015 | e-ISSN: 1478-1395 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jicj/mqu086
The Voice of the International

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When ‘we’ want to punish the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole, who is ‘we’? The article embarks on an excursion where ‘we’ in the contexts of international criminal law is pictured as ‘humanity’ or ‘international community’, as well as a variety of other collective subjects. The article examines how the rhetorical ambiguities of we-talk may serve both for alignment and persuasion, and usurpation and exclusion. More than a banal rhetorical device, does we-talk potentially grow into an instrument of persuasion and assimilation, totalizing parts into a whole that it controls or suppresses? What would that mean for ‘the pursuit of global justice’?

Journal Article.  10519 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law ; International Law ; International Criminal Law ; International Humanitarian Law ; Transnational Crime

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