Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

7-2009

Abstract

This article lays out why in the context of global crime, crime control and the legitimacy of global governance, a victim constituency makes sense in terms of the stated aims of international criminal justice and of a wider ‘new morality’ on which it should be grounded. The incapacity to confront appropriately the consequences to victims of global crime has tended to mean that international criminal justice and the governance that flows from it are unsatisfactorily entwined with sectarian international relations and narrow cultural inclusion. Therefore, in governance terms alone, the conceptualization of global crime victims should be expanded and emancipated from their current more procedurally restricted standing. As a consequence, the citizenship and standing necessary to enjoy international criminal justice would be more fairly realized. This article begins by making the case for why victims should be positioned in a place of priority as the constituency for international criminal justice. It then moves to demonstrate how, through ‘communities of justice,’ a sharper victim focus could make international criminal justice more accountable. This theme runs through the article and links the case for a transformed criminal trial process to a new age of global governance.

Keywords

victim communities, international criminal justice, accountability, global governance, international criminal trial

Discipline

Criminal Procedure | Law and Society

Research Areas

Law, Society and Governance

Publication

International Journal of Transitional Justice

Volume

3

Issue

2

First Page

183

Last Page

206

ISSN

1752-7716

Identifier

10.1093/ijtj/ijp008

Publisher

Oxford University Press (OUP): Policy E - Oxford Open Option D

Copyright Owner and License

Author

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1093/ijtj/ijp008

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