The European Union and International Criminal Justice: Living Up to Its Normative Preferences?
Article first published online: 8 NOV 2011
© 2011 The Author(s) JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies
Volume 50, Issue 1, pages 21–36, January 2012
How to Cite
AOUN, E. (2012), The European Union and International Criminal Justice: Living Up to Its Normative Preferences?. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 50: 21–36. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-5965.2011.02217.x
- Issue published online: 6 DEC 2011
- Article first published online: 8 NOV 2011
European Union Member States have committed themselves, individually and collectively, to the fight against impunity for serious international crimes. The record is, however, ambiguous: support for the current investigations of the International Criminal Court is uneven and Member States are reluctant to exercise universal jurisdiction and develop binding common policies under the ‘third pillar’. This article assesses the extent of the discrepancy between stated normative preferences and flexible practices. It argues that this discrepancy results from the clash of accountability with other prevailing norms and interests, on the one hand, and from the lack of effective drivers pushing Member States towards increased commitment to combat impunity through a set of social mechanisms such as rhetorical action and socialization, on the other.