Past Events

September 12, 2013

Special Program
Rules, Politics, and the International Criminal Court: Committing to the Court

CLE: 1.0 Hours

Speaker: Yvonne Dutton
Time: 5:00-7:00pm
Location: Wynne Courtroom and Atrium,Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York Street, Indianapolis, IN
Contact: Shaun Dankoski at

Professor Yvonne Dutton presents her new book, Rules, Politics, and the International Criminal Court: Committing to the Court, from Routledge Press.

In this new work, Dutton examines the ICC and whether and how its enforcement mechanism influences state membership and the court’s ability to realize treaty goals, examining questions such as:

  • Why did states decide to create the ICC and design the institution with this uniquely strong enforcement mechanism?
  • Will the ICC’s enforcement mechanism be sufficient to hold states accountable to their commitment so that the ICC can realize its goal of ending impunity for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes?
  • Will states view the ICC’s enforcement mechanism as a credible threat and refuse to join unless they already have good domestic human rights practices and institutions that are independent and capable of prosecuting human rights abuses?
  • If states that most need to improve their domestic legal practices as relates to protecting against human rights abuses do not join the court, is there any hope that the threat of punishment by the ICC can play a role in bettering state’s human rights practices and deterring individuals from committing mass atrocities?

This work provides a significant contribution to the field, and will be of great interest to students and scholars of international law, international relations, international organizations and human rights.

Lecture: 5:00pm
Reception & Book Signing: 6:00pm

CLE: 1.0 hour of Indiana CLE credit. No fee, but registration required.

Registration is now closed. We will accept walk-ins registration and CLE credit is still available.


Parking is available for a nominal fee at the campus Gateway Garage, located on the corner of Michigan and California Streets (Address is 525 Blackford Street).

Parking is also available for a nominal fee at the Natatorium Garage two blocks west of the law school.

Special Accommodations:

Individuals with disabilities who need special assistance should call (317) 278-4789 no later than one week prior to the event. Special arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs.

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