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Negotiating Sovereignty and Human RightsInternational Society and the International Criminal Court$
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Sibylle Scheipers

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780719080098

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719080098.001.0001

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The progressivist discourse

The progressivist discourse

(p.103) 6 The progressivist discourse
Negotiating Sovereignty and Human Rights

Sibylle Scheipers

Manchester University Press

Progressivists questioned the usefulness of the ICC per se. According to them, we face a trade-off between the prosecution of offences against international humanitarian and human rights law on the one hand and the demand for democratisation on the other: if authoritarian leaders assume that they will face trial for their crimes, they will try to remain in power for as long as possible and even risk the continuation of armed conflict. Progressivists emphasise the framework of domestic politics as the appropriate venue for the enforcement of human rights. At the same time, they consider the international level as crucial for human rights issues. However, they perceive international society as an ‘invitation-only club’ access to which should depend on the domestic human rights record of states. For advocates of progressivism, international order and peace are mainly derivative of the domestic structure of states.

Keywords:   progressivism, ICC, democratisation, human rights law, domestic politics

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