Third World Approaches to International Criminal Law
(2016) 14:4 Journal of International Criminal Justice 915-920
6 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2018 Last revised: 11 Jun 2020
Date Written: October 1, 2016
Scholars working under the moniker of Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) are well-placed to capturethe ambiguities and ambivalences of ‘tribunalized’ responses to various forms of atrocity. In this symposium, we consider the field of international criminal justice as a particular site of contestation in TWAIL’s interaction with interna-tional law, and explore it as a surface over which broader debates of concern to TWAIL sensibilities (such as radicalism v. reform, hegemony v. universality, and international law’s double movements of emancipation and exclusion) play out. What does it mean to think about international criminal law’s norms, rules, institutions and procedures through the frames of the colonial past or imperial present? What biases, blind spots, political moves and rhetorical tropes emerge from the ways in which international criminal justice mechanisms navigate the racial and socio-economic cleavages that persist between North and South? Of particular concern for the authors in this symposium is the issue of whether and how TWAIL can enrich the practice of, and scholarship on, international criminal law. The question here is whether TWAIL can be more than simply reflexively critical, and whether it can identify possibilities and alternatives to that which it problematizes, and new avenues of exploration for scholars working outside of theTWAIL tradition.
Keywords: TWAIL, international criminal law
JEL Classification: K33
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