Dawn Rothe

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Ronald C. Kramer

Second Advisor

Dr. Gregory Howard

Third Advisor

Dr. Barry Goetz

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The International Criminal Court (ICC) has been touted as a new international response to the worst atrocities of mankind: crimes against humanity, war crimes, and crimes of aggression. Indeed, the implementation of a permanent international court is a historical tum. However, the course to which an international criminal court transpired dates back to the late 1800's. One hundred years of political, economic, and social contradictions have aided and abated the process of what is now the International Criminal Court. However, the dialectics between actors and institutions has been neglected in historical and legal analysis. The purpose of this thesis is to take a sociological perspective to understand the historical contexts, the social actors, and the institutions involved in the development of the International Criminal Court.

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