Jens Meierhenrich, London School of Economics and IAS

Exit, Voice, and Loyalty at the International Criminal Court

Mon, 02/25/2013
4:30-6 PM, Kerstetter Room, Marx Hall
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Please join us for a LAPA Seminar with Jens Meierhenrich, Senior Lecturer at the London School of Economics and 2012-2013 Member in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, who will present ""Exit, Voice, and Loyalty at the International Criminal Court."  His commentator is Kim Lane Scheppele, director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs and Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values.

As always, the LAPA format asks that seminar participants familiarize themselves with the paper in advance. The commentator will open the session by summarizing the main themes in the paper and presenting some topics for discussion. The author then has the right of first response before we open to the floor for questions. The seminar will end with a brief reception in the Kerstetter Room, giving everyone a chance to mingle and meet.

From Professor Meierhenrich:  "Among other under-researched topics pertaining to the International Criminal Court (ICC), the question of institutional development has received the least attention. Few scholars have taken the ICC seriously as an evolving international organization comprised of numerous distinct yet interrelated bureaucracies. In an attempt to move beyond snapshot descriptions of the ICC—and to complement the important doctrinal and jurisprudential literature—this article explores mechanisms and processes of organizational change in the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) during the first decade of its operation. Based on more than 100 hours of interviews with former and current OTP staff members as well as on several months of participant observation inside the organization, it contributes new and unexpected insights about the choices that prosecutors make—and the institutional constraints that they face while contemplating them. More specifically, the longitudinal analysis is directed toward explaining individual and collective responses to perceptions of organizational decline at the ICC. In an effort to illuminate—and interpret—substantive and temporal variation in response behavior, the article draws on recent advances in the study of institutional change to extend the explanatory power of the so-called hydraulic model developed by the late Albert Hirschman."

Jens Meierhenrich is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and previously taught for a decade at Harvard University. He has just completed Lawfare: The Formation and Deformation of Gacaca Jurisdictions in Rwanda, 1994-2012 (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2014) and also recently authored The Legacies of Law: Long-Run Consequences of Legal Development in South Africa, 1652-2000 (Cambridge University Press, 2008), which won the American Political Science Association's 2009 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for the "best book published in the United States during the previous year in politics, government, or international affairs." He is presently at work on a genocide trilogy, comprising The Rationality of Genocide, The Structure of Genocide, and The Culture of Genocide (all to be published by Princeton University Press), and just finished Genocide: A Very Short Introduction and Genocide: A Reader (both forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2013). Also scheduled for publication in 2013 is The Oxford Handbook of Carl Schmitt.  Meierhenrich has undertaken field research in Argentina, Bosnia, Cambodia, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Rwanda, and South Africa. A Rhodes Scholar, he also served in Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and was a Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court, where he worked with Luis Moreno Ocampo, the Court's first Prosecutor. Meierhenrich is spending the 2012-2013 academic year as a Member in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton to work on his next monograph, an ethnography of the International Criminal Court.

Kim Lane Scheppele is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values as well as Director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs, Princeton University. She joined the Princeton faculty in 2005 after nearly a decade on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where she was the John J. O'Brien Professor of Comparative Law. From 1994-1998, Scheppele lived in Budapest, doing research at the Constitutional Court of Hungary and teaching at both the University of Budapest and at Central European University, where she was a founding director of the Program in Gender and Culture. Scheppele's work concentrates on the intersection of constitutional and international law, particularly in constitutional systems under stress. After 1989, Scheppele studied the emergence of constitutional law in Hungary and Russia, living in both places for extended periods. After 9/11, Scheppele has researched the effects of the international "war on terror" on constitutional protections around the world. In short, when the Berlin Wall fell, she studied the transition of countries from police states to constitutional rule-of-law states and after the Twin Towers fell, she studies the process in reverse. Her many publications on both post-1989 constitutional transitions and on post-9/11 constitutional challenges have appeared in law reviews, social science journals and in many languages (including Russian, Hungarian and French). Her new book is called The International State of Emergency: The Rise of Global Security Law. It will appear in 2013 with Harvard University Press.