International Criminal Law
Prior to beginning work on this assignment, read The United States of America and the International Criminal Court (Links to an external site.), Between cosmopolitan and American democracy: Understanding US opposition to the International Criminal Court (Links to an external site.), and pages 477-480 and 483 of the Routledge Handbook of Critical Criminology (Links to an external site.).
The United States has refused to join the International Criminal Court (ICC) since its inception. The issue of the United States’ reluctance to join the ICC continues to be a matter of international debate. This week’s assignment requires you to take a position on whether or not the United States should formally join, and accept the jurisdiction of, the International Criminal Court. Avoid notions of jingoism, and examine the international community and the responsibilities of the United States as an international actor in both civilian and military affairs. Make sure to explain the consequences of not joining or a decision to join the ICC.