Discussion Paper: “Terrorism and International Criminal Justice” by Pierre d’Argent

As promised, we are hosting papers from the Fletcher School’s recent symposium on international criminal justice. (See https://fletcherfila.wordpress.com/2008/10/22/international-symposium-perspectives-on-international-criminal-justice-nov-14-15-2008/ and https://fletcherfila.wordpress.com/2008/11/17/john-bellingers-keynote-at-the-international-symposium-for-international-criminal-justice/)

 

Accordingly, we just posted a discussion paper entitled “Terrorism and International Criminal Justice” by Pierre d’Argent. D’Argent argues that terrorism should not be brought into the fold of international criminal justice. In particular, he distinguishes between the symbolic value of international criminal justice for war crimes etc and the symbolic value of international criminal justice for terrorism. He believes that using international criminal justice against terrorism actually “deprive(s) the State victim of the possibility of re-affirming the difference in legitimacy between its own violence and the violence of terrorists.”

 

The paper can be found at http://fletcher.tufts.edu/FILA/pdf/FILADiscussionPaperNo0208.pdf.

 

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