Critical Approaches to International Criminal Law

International Criminal Law (ICL) has become one of the most prominent aspects of international law. The International Criminal Court and other tribunals have captured the imagination of the public, and international criminal justice has become a much commented-upon scholarly topic.  However, more recently, the engagement with international criminal law has also been marked by a sense of disillusionment. Increasingly, scholars, activists and practitioners are drawing attention to international criminal law’s biases and blind spots, as well as its role in perpetuating unequal global power relations.

The CAICL Research Cluster engages with these themes, providing a space for the sustained reflection upon and critique of ICL. The Cluster is part of the wider CAICL network, which was created to bring together scholars and practitioners interested in these issues.

Members of the Cluster have published widely on the relationship between ICL and ideology, ICL and the political, ICL and hegemony, ICL and gender, ICL and imperialism, ICL and political economy. These are more specific aspects of a general interest in the interconnection between ICL and the wider world.

The Cluster organises regular film screenings, work in progress seminars and guest lectures. The Cluster also hosts a video series allowing authors to give insights into their most important articles. All of these activities involve members of the Liverpool Law School, as well as those outside both the School and the University (especially those in the wider CAICL network).

There are several LL.B. and LL.M. modules directly associated with the Cluster, and the Cluster’s members play a key role in the delivery of teaching in the Law School. Members of the Cluster also have experience supervising research at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and several postgraduate researchers are members of the Cluster. Members of the Cluster are available to supervise research projects addressing the various possible critical engagements with ICL.

For further information about the Cluster please contact Christine Schwöbel-Patel or Robert Knox (Co-Directors of the Cluster).

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