Understanding the Veto: Internal and External Influencers on the United Nations Security Council

Sarah Elam Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Greg Shufeldt Butler University
The International Criminal Court (ICC) is an international court designed to try war criminals, but only those states who have voluntarily signed and ratified the Rome Statute are subject to the Court’s jurisdiction. However, the United Nations Security Council has the power to refer any crisis to the International Criminal Court whether or not the country is a party to the Rome Statute. Yet, three of the five permanent Security Council members have not ratified the Rome Statute, so why do they support resolutions recognizing the authority of the ICC? This article outlines factors influencing state decisions to allow UN Resolutions referring cases to the ICC to pass while further exploring the impact the public has on state decisions. Comparative case studies using content analysis of media coverage will reflect the extent to which public concern impacted the state’s decision to exercise their veto or not.
Political Science
Research Roundtable

When & Where

02:30 PM
Jordan Hall 170