Mikkel Jarle to publish article in Leiden Journal of International Law – University of Copenhagen

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16 June 2016

Mikkel Jarle to publish article in Leiden Journal of International Law

Crafting and Promoting International Crimes: A Contest between Professionals of Core Crimes and Anti-Corruption.

With the emergence of new international criminal courts in the 1990s, the contest to define what constituted an international crime intensified. Drawing on Pierre Bourdieu’s analytical tool of the “field”, this article investigates the contest to define which crimes should be termed international and, consequently, be the subject of international institution building and prosecution. Having analysed the emergence of a field of practice around international core crimes – genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes – the article turns to an emerging contestation of this narrow focus embedded in the careers of legal professionals engaged in the field of anti-corruption. As part of this wider contest to define international criminal law, the emergent push to make corruption an international crime builds on the successful narrative of core crimes and forms a new frontline in the wider endeavour to define the role of criminal law in a larger international space of governance and politics.