The following bibliography is a provisional list of articles, chapters and books that touch upon or approach international criminal law from a critical perspective.  It will continue to be developed.


Adam Branch

‘Uganda’s Civil War and the Politics of ICC Invervention’, 21 Ethics and International Affairs 179-198 (2007)

What the ICC Review Conference Can’t Fix‘, African Arguments, 11 March 2010

‘No Peace without Justice? Assessing the ICC in Africa’, in Andrea Bartoli et al (eds), Peacemaking: From Practice to Theory (Praeger, 2011)

‘Neither Liberal nor Peaceful? Practices of “Global Justice” by the ICC’, in Susanna Campbell et al (eds), A Liberal Peace? The Problems and Practices of Peacebuilding (Zed Books, 2011)

Displacing Human Rights: War and Intervention in Northern Uganda (OUP, 2011)


David Chandler

‘International Justice’, 6 New Left Review 55-66 (2000)

From Kosovo to Kabul: Human Rights and International Intervention (Pluto Press, 2002)


Athanasios Chouliaras

‘Discourses on International Criminality’, in Alette Smeulers (ed), Collective Violence and International Criminal Justice: An Interdisciplinary Approach (Intersentia, 2010)

‘The Victimological Concern as the Driving Force in the Quest for Justice for State-Sponsored International Crimes’, in Rianne Letschert et al (eds), Victimological Approaches to International Crimes: Africa (Intersentia, 2011)


Mark Drumbl

Atrocity, Punishment, and International Law (CUP, 2007)


Julie Flint and Alex de Waal

‘Case Closed: A Prosecutor Without Borders’, World Affairs, Spring 2009


Courtney Griffiths

‘The Politics of International Criminal Law’, New African, March 2012


Michael Kearney and John Reynolds

‘Palestine, and the Politics of International Criminal Justice’, in William Schabas et al (eds), The Ashgate Research Companion to International Criminal Law: Critical Perspectives (Ashgate, 2012)


Sara Kendall

‘”Hybrid Justice” at the Special Court for Sierra Leone’, 51 Studies in Law, Politics, and Society 1-27 (2010)

‘Donors’ Justice: Recasting International Criminal Accountability’, 24 Leiden Journal of International Law 585-606 (2011)


Martti Koskenniemi

‘Between Impunity and Show Trials’, 6 Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law 1-35 (2002)


Tor Krever

Dispensing Global Justice, 85 New Left Review 67-97 (2014)

Unveiling (and Veiling) Politics in International Criminal Trials, in Christine Schwöbel (ed.), Critical Approaches to International Criminal Law: An Introduction (Routledge, 2014)

International Criminal Law: An Ideology Critique, 26(3) Leiden Journal of International Law 701-23 (2013)

John Laughland

Travesty: the Trial of Slobodan Milošević and the Corruption of International Justice (Pluto Press, 2007)

A History of Political Trials: From Charles I to Saddam Hussein (Peter Lang, 2008)


Mahmood Mamdani

‘The New Humanitarian Order’, The Nation, 29 September 2008

Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror (Pantheon Books, 2009)


Michael Mandel

‘Politics and Human Rights in International Criminal Law: Our Case Against NATO and the Lessons to be Learned From It’, 25 Fordham International Law Journal 95-128 (2001)

How America Gets Away With Murder: Illegal Wars, Collateral Damage and Crimes Against Humanity (Pluto Press, 2004)


Frédéric Mégret

‘Three Dangers for the International Criminal Court: A Critical Look at a Consensual Project’, 12 Finnish Yearbook of International Law 193-247 (2001)

‘The Politics of International Criminal Justice’, 13 European Journal of International Law 1261-1284 (2002)

‘In Defense of Hybridity: Towards a Representational Theory of International Criminal Justice’, 38 Cornell International Law Journal 725-751 (2005)

‘From “Savages” to “Unlawful Combatants”: A Postcolonial Look at International Humanitarian Law’s “Other”‘, in Anne Orford (ed), International Law and its Others (CUP, 2006)

‘A Special Tribunal for Lebanon: The UN Security Council and the Emancipation of International Criminal Justice’, 21 Leiden Journal of International Law 485-512 (2008)


Makau Mutua

‘Never Again: Questioning the Yugoslav and Rwanda Tribunals’, 11 Temple International and Comparative Law Journal 167-188 (1997)


New African

International criminal law institutions, in particular the ICC and the Special Court for Sierra Leone, have been the focus on a number of articles in recent issues of New African.  See, in particular, the March 2012, June 2012, July 2012 and December 2012 issues.


Sarah Nouwen

‘Justifying Justice’, in James Crawford and Martti Koskenniemi (eds), Cambridge Companion to International Law (CUP, 2012)

‘The ICC’s Intervention in Uganda: Which Rule of Law Does It Promote?’, in Michael Zürn et al (eds), Rule of Law Dynamics (CUP, 2012)


Sarah Nouwen and Wouter Werner

‘Doing Justice to the Political: The International Criminal Court in Uganda and Sudan’, 21 European Journal of International Law 941-965 (2010)

‘The Law and Politics of Self-Referrals’, in Alette Smeulers (ed.), Collective Violence and International Criminal Justice: an Interdisciplinary Approach (Intersentia, 2010)


Darryl Robinson

‘The Identity Crisis of International Criminal Law’, 21 Leiden Journal of International Law 925–963 (2008)


Gerry Simpson

Law, War and Crime: War Crimes Trials and the Reinvention of International Law (Polity Press, 2007)

‘”Stop Calling it Aggression”: War as Crime’, 61 Current Legal Problems 191-228 (2009)



‘The New Tribunalism: Strategies of (De)Legitimation in the Era of International Adjudication’, 17 Finnish Yearbook of International Law 307-356 (2006)


Christopher Stephen

‘International Criminal Law: Wielding the Sword of Universal Criminal Justice?’, 61 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 55-89 (2012)


Immi Tallgren

‘Completing the “International Criminal Order”‘, 67 Nordic Journal of International Law 107-137 (1998)

‘We Did It? The Vertigo of Law and Everyday Life at the Diplomatic Conference on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court’, 12 Leiden Journal of International Law 683-707 (1999)

‘The Sensibility and Sense of International Criminal Law’, 13 European Journal of International Law 561-595 (2002)


Danilo Zolo

‘The Lords of Peace: From the Holy Alliance to the New International Criminal Tribunals’, in Barry Holden (ed), Global Democracy: Key Debates (Routledge, 2000)

Invoking Humanity: War, Law, and Global Order (Continuum, 2002)

‘The Iraqi Special Tribunal: Back to the Nuremberg Paradigm?’, 2 Journal of International Criminal Justice 313-318 (2004)

‘Peace through Criminal Law?’, 2 Journal of International Criminal Justice 727-734 (2004)

‘Who is Afraid of Punishing Aggressors? On the Double-Track Approach to International Criminal Justice’, 5 Journal of International Criminal Justice 799-807 (2007)

Victors’ Justice: From Nuremburg to Baghdad (Verso, 2009)