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Friday Seminar Series: The US and the International Criminal Court: Expressions of US Exceptionalism


Friday Seminar Series

Start Date

18 Sep 2015 1:00 pm

End Date

18 Sep 2015 2:00 pm


Room 346, Level 3 (ground level) Humanities Building, Sandy Bay Campus

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A School of Social Sciences and Institute for the Study of Social Change seminar

Presented by Dr Matt Killingsworth

About the presentation
The United States' relationship with the International Criminal Court (ICC), from the negotiations leading to the formation of the Rome Statute in 1998, to the establishment of the Court in 2002 and the subsequent fourteen years of operation, has ranged from outright hostility to pragmatic engagement. Considering recent developments, including US efforts to refer Syria to the ICC and Palestine's recent accession to the Court, it is worthwhile revisiting debates about the US's relationship with the Court. Through engaging with Walter Russel Mead's four traditions of US foreign policy, this presentation will argue that US intransigence vis-à-vis the ICC is not only antithetical to its constitutional foundation, but that both its resistance to the Court and its (clumsy) attempts at engagement are informed through reference to US exceptionalism.

About the speaker
Dr Matt Killingsworth is Programme Coordinator of International Relations at the University of Tasmania. He is the author of Civil Society in Communist Eastern Europe: Opposition and Dissent in Totalitarian Regimes (ECPR Press, 2012) and the co-editor of Violence and the State (Manchester University Press, 2014). He has published book chapters and journal articles on opposition and dissent in Communist Eastern Europe, justice in post-Communist Eastern Europe, the changing nature of war and the laws of war. In 2013 he was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford's Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict and in 2014 was the recipient of a United States Department of State 'Study of U.S. Institutes for Scholars' grant. Matt is a regular contributor to The Conversation and can be heard each week on 936 ABC Hobart discussing the week in international politics.

Event details
When | Friday 18 September 2015, 1.00pm to 2.00pm
Where | Room 346 Humanities Building

All welcome. Contact us on 6226 2350 if you need further information or directions to the venue.

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