Though it has only existed for a mere decade, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has already undergone tremendous evolution as an international institution. It was created through a treaty—the Rome Statute—which laid out the court’s institutional design and the law it interprets and applies; however, through its practice, the ICC has transformed beyond what was prescribed in the Rome Statute. Facing considerable challenges to its proper operation, the ICC has strategically developed new policies and practices in order to affect actors’ behaviour, and fulfil its mandate of promoting compliance with international criminal law and ending impunity for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. The ICC has thus carved out various roles in international and domestic politics. It has developed strategies that appeal to both actors’ interests, by altering the consequences of their actions, and actors’ values, by shaping ideas and discourses about international criminal justice.
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