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A new moral hazard? Military intervention, peacekeeping and the International Criminal Court

Neumayer, Eric ORCID: 0000-0003-2719-7563 (2009) A new moral hazard? Military intervention, peacekeeping and the International Criminal Court. Journal of Peace Research, 46 (5). pp. 659-670. ISSN 1460-3578

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0022343309339246


The newly established International Criminal Court (ICC) promises justice to the victims of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Past offenders can be punished, while future potential offenders may be deterred by the prospect of punishment. Yet, justice is no substitute for intervention for the benefit of people at acute risk of being victimized. The Court may create a new moral hazard problem if the promise of ex post justice makes it easier for states to shy away from incurring the costs of intervention. This article indirectly tests for the relevance of this potential problem by estimating the determinants of ratification delay to the Rome Statute of the ICC. I find that countries, which in the past have been more willing to intervene in foreign civil wars and more willing to contribute troops to multinational peacekeeping missions are more likely to have ratified the Statute (early on). This suggests that the Court is a complement to, not a substitute for intervention.

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Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: J Political Science > JX International law
J Political Science > JZ International relations
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2008 08:47
Last Modified: 27 May 2024 05:12

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