Advocates of Humanity: Human Rights NGOs in International Criminal Justice

ISBN : 9780198818748

Kjersti Lohne
272 Pages
138 x 138 mm
Pub date
Nov 2019
Clarendon Studies in Criminology
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Advocates of Humanity offers an analysis of international criminal justice from the perspective of sociology of punishment by exploring the role of human rights organizations in their mobilization for global justice through the International Criminal Court (ICC). Based on multi-sited ethnography, primarily in The Hague and Uganda, the author approaches the transnational networks of NGOs advocating for the ICC as an ethnographic object. A central objective is to explore how connections are made, and how forces and imaginations of global criminal justice travel. By analyzing how international criminal justice is arranged spatially, and as such expresses social, political, and cultural relations of power, Advocates of Humanity shows how international criminal justice is situated in particular spaces, networks, and actors, and how they structure the imaginations of justice circulating in the field. From a sociology of punishment perspective, it compares the 'penal imaginations' of domestic and international criminal justice, and considers the particularly central role of victims as a universalized symbol of humanity for the legitimacy of international criminal justice. With clear global asymmetries emerging from the work, Advocates of Humanity provides descriptive as well as explanatory understandings of criminal punishment 'gone global', analyzing its social causation while examining its cultural meanings, particularly as regards its role as an expression of 'the international' will to punish. To whom is it meaningful, and why?


1 Locating International Criminal Justice
2 Spaces
3 Networks
4 Advocates
5 Penal Imaginations
6 Victimological Imaginations
7 The Pursuit of Global Moral Order
8 Towards a Sociology of Punishment for International Criminal Justice

About the author: 

Dr. Kjersti Lohne is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, University of Oslo, from where she was also awarded her PhD in 2015. Lohne's research interests are the intersections of penal and humanitarian governance in the pursuit of global social order, and the role of law, politics, and the social. She is among a few international scholars who have been granted access to the US military base on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She has been a visiting researcher at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2013), University of Oxford (2014), and the University of Copenhagen (2018). Her research has appeared in journals such as Theoretical Criminology, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, Surveillance & Society and Law & Society Review. Lohne is a member of tthe Young Academe of Norway, and received His Majesty the King's Gold Medal for research excellence in 2017.

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