Contemporary international criminal law suggests that head of state immunity does not extend to atrocity crimes, but the executive's office continues to be the safest place for suspected perpetrators. Moreover, indicted suspects can use the threat of international accountability to win democratically contested elections. This article asks how suspects and their surrogates translate an indictment from an international criminal tribunal into an electoral victory and suggests that the path between an indictment and electoral victory unfolds in one of two ways: (1) the consolidation of existing coalitions around the indicted suspects and their allies; or (2) the creation of new coalitions that span existing cleavages. The article evaluates these assumptions through two cases: Lebanon and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and Kenya and the International Criminal Court. These two decidedly different cases exemplify the ways in which coalitional politics shield suspects international accountability and reward them with high office.
Saturday, May 9, 2020
Hillebrecht: International Criminal Accountability and the Domestic Politics of Resistance: Case Studies from Kenya and Lebanon
Courtney Hillebrecht (Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln - Political Science) has published International Criminal Accountability and the Domestic Politics of Resistance: Case Studies from Kenya and Lebanon (Law & Society Review, Vol. 54, no. 2, pp. 453-486, June 2020). Here's the abstract: