This chapter explains the rationale for the study, the research questions, the study’s analytical framework, and the nexus between international accountability and peace. It provides a brief outline of the establishment and challenges of the ICC, the major theories of punishment discussed in the book, the structure of the book, the doctrine of complementarity, the punishment provisions of the Rome Statute, the methodology of the study, the main findings of the study and some key terms like: peace, peace process, justice, and conflict transformation. It also highlights the tensions and challenges of deploying an international Court in national settings.
KeywordsInternational justice Peace processes International Criminal Court International accountability Conflict transformation
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