International Relations: Between Theory and Practice, the National and International

  • Yuna Han
Part of the St Antony's Series book series (STANTS)


The study of war crimes trials in the context of International Relations (IR) has been focused on the relationship between the establishment of the post-World War II international criminal tribunals and the classical notions of sovereignty, namely the principles of juridical equality between states and domestic non-intervention. By directly establishing individual criminal responsibility for atrocities under international law, international criminal justice challenges the classical image of international politics as interactions between states that have equal status to each other and are impenetrable from the outside. While the existing theoretical and methodological tools of IR have resulted in a series of valuable insights on the role of transnational norms regarding responsibility for mass violence, on the role of power politics in establishing international criminal tribunals, and on the function of international criminal justice in solving a series of cooperation issues between and within states following widespread instability, this chapter argues that further interdisciplinary insights are required to both specify and nuance the effect of international criminal trials, including war crimes trials, on international politics.


International courts International criminal tribunals IR theory State sovereignty 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuna Han
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  1. 1.London School of Economics and Political ScienceLondonUK

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