Government Honors Thesis: Daniel Hatoum

Title: Law & Borders: International Courts and their Effect on Domestic Institutions

Author: Daniel Hatoum


The rise of international courts around the world has begun to reshape international order. One of the youngest international courts is the International Criminal Court which opened for business in 2002. While it has not been around for a long time, it has started making major waves across borders. The goal of the court is to punish human rights abusers, and encourage nations to follow good human rights practices. Through an examination of the several cases taken from around the world, I argue that the International Criminal Court does accomplish this goal by encouraging domestic institutions to better align with good human rights practices.