Negotiating sovereignty and human rights

International society and the International Criminal Court

By Sibylle Scheipers

Negotiating sovereignty and human rights


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8009-8
  • Pages: 176
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £75.00
  • Published Date: March 2010
  • BIC Category: Politics, Human rights, civil rights, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Human Rights, Society & social sciences / Human rights


Negotiating sovereignty and human rights takes the transatlantic conflict over the International Criminal Court as a lens for an enquiry into the normative foundations of international society. The author shows how the way in which actors refer to core norms of the international society such as sovereignty and human rights affect the process and outcome of international negotiations.

The book offers an innovative take on the long-standing debate over sovereignty and human rights in international relations. It goes beyond the simple and sometimes ideological duality of sovereignty versus human rights by showing that sovereignty and human rights are not competing principles in international relations, as is often argued, but complement each other. The way in which the two norms and their relationship are understood lies at the core of actors' broader visions of world order. The author shows how competing interpretations of sovereignty and human rights and the different visions of world order that they imply fed into the transatlantic debate over the ICC and transformed this debate into a conflict over the normative foundations of international society.


Sibylle Scheipers is Director of Studies for the Oxford Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War, Oxford University


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List of abbreviations
1. Introduction
2. The configuration of sovereignty and human rights
3. The legalistic discourse
4. The interventionist discourse
5. The sovereigntist discourse
6. The progressivist discourse
7. Conclusion

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