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date: 13 June 2021

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This chapter reflects upon the interaction between international criminal justice and ‘humanitarianism’. Drawing on the work of Didier Fassin, the chapter highlights the degree to which humanitarianism has already gone through many of the same debates that international criminal justice is currently experiencing. On one level the logic of humanitarianism is quite distinct from international criminal justice and may even come in tension with it; both ‘govern’ in distinct ways, and according to different temporalities, objectives, values, and logics, and humanitarians may be wary of the partiality evident in ICL. But these differences may be more superficial than real. The chapter suggests that international criminal justice should learn some lessons from its sister field: in particular, about accountability to its claimed beneficiaries, unintended consequences, and self-reflection.

Keywords: International criminal law, International humanitarian law, international criminal justice, Humanitarianism, Redress

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