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Studies in Global Justice
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The UN Security Council and International Criminal Tribunals: Procedure Matters

Authors: Kaoutzanis, Christodoulos

  • First book to examine the  UN Security Council procedure for authorizing international criminal investigations
  • Presents evidence based on archival research and interviews with diplomats who participated in the relevant deliberations 
  • Only book to examine the Security Council’s creation of international criminal tribunals
  • Combines insights from the fields of international relations, international law and human rights
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About this book

The book explains why and how the UN Security Council authorizes international criminal investigations into mass atrocities. In doing so, it tackles head-on the obvious double standards of global justice, where few atrocities get investigated and most slip below the headlines.
The book argues that the Council’s decision-making procedure is central to understanding the Council’s decisions. This procedure is broken into three distinct steps, namely the role of diplomats at the Council, the Council’s reliance on third parties and the Council’s resort to precedent. The volume documents that the Council authorized international criminal investigations only into the handful of mass atrocities for which the Council’s deliberations successfully completed each of these three steps.
Written for both scholars and practitioners, the book combines insights from the fields of international relations, international law and human rights. Through archival research and interviews with UNSC diplomats who took part in deliberations on atrocities, the volume presents evidence that supports its argument across cases and across time. In doing so, the book avoids the yes/no (or 0 vs 1) tendency of many social science projects, thereby acknowledging that there is no silver bullet to explain the work of the Council’s five permanent and ten elected members. 

Chris Kaoutzanis's Procedure Matters is a deep dive into how the UN Security Council actually works in dealing with some of the world's worst atrocities.  Showing that UN procedure does matter, Kaoutzanis illuminates the limited accountability for international crimes that can be expected from that vital institution.  As importantly, he offers a road map for how to use UN legitimating procedures to navigate the power politics of that august body.  This is a map no scholar of international institutions and no human rights activist should be without.

Michael Doyle
, Columbia University 

This project recognizes what the scholarly literature has generally ignored or deemphasized: the central role of the Security Council in responding to mass atrocity situations. As much as international lawyers would hate to admit it, the legal response to international crimes is initially controlled not by international judges and tribunals, but rather by the Security Council and its geo-political and diplomatic complications. Kaoutzanis has put the sun back at the center of our solar system. 

Jens David Ohlin, Cornell Law School

About the authors

A native of Nicosia, Cyprus, Christodoulos Kaoutzanis holds a PhD degree from Columbia University’s Department of Political Science. He graduated magna cum laudae from Georgetown School of Foreign Service, Washington DC. He also earned a JD degree at Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fisk Stone Scholar and a James Kent Scholar, and an LLM cum laudae from the University of Amsterdam in International Criminal Law.  
 
His academic focus is placed on the intersection of international law and international relations, with a focus on the reactions of the United Nations Security Council to mass atrocities. His publications also examine issues of international criminal justice. Among his experiences, Kaoutzanis was a summer intern at the Office of the Co-Investigating Judges, at the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia. He speaks Greek, English and French. 

Buy this book

eBook $59.99
price for USA (gross)
  • The eBook version of this title will be available soon
  • Due: December 20, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-23777-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at +1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
  • Due: November 22, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-23776-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The UN Security Council and International Criminal Tribunals: Procedure Matters
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Global Justice
Series Volume
20
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-23777-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-23777-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-23776-9
Series ISSN
1871-0409
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 199
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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