Handbook on Global Constitutionalism
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Handbook on Global Constitutionalism

Edited by Anthony F. Lang and Antje Wiener

This Handbook introduces scholars and students to the history, philosophy, and evidence of global constitutionalism. Contributors provide their insights from law, politics, international relations, philosophy, and history, drawing on diverse frameworks and empirical data sets. Across them all, however, is a recognition that the international order cannot be understood without an understanding of constitutional theory. The Handbook will define this field of inquiry for the next generation by bringing together some of the leading contemporary scholars.
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Chapter 29: The International Criminal Court and global constitutionalism

Andrea Birdsall and Anthony F. Lang, Jr.

Abstract

How does the International Criminal Court (ICC) embody the principles of constitutionalism? In order to answer this question, this chapter proposes two types of constitutionalism: international constitutionalism, which describes a legal and political order in which states are the primary agents, and global constitutionalism, in which individual people are the primary agents. We argue that the Court incorporates aspects of both forms. To make this argument, we first use ideas of global constitutionalism to look to the ICC’s institutional structure and assess its first ever case which established many of its procedures and practices. We then assess the Court’s role in the international legal and political order to advance ideas of international constitutionalism.

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