Gauging the Economic and Political Costs to China of Article 13(b) Referrals of Sudan and Myanmar to the International Criminal Court

Manley, Stewart (2013) Gauging the Economic and Political Costs to China of Article 13(b) Referrals of Sudan and Myanmar to the International Criminal Court. Pennsylvania East Asia Law Review, 7 (2). p. 333.

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Abstract

Encouraging reports of dramatic reforms in Myanmar since late 2011 hide an ugly past. Until the recent developments, numerous allegations of government - perpetrated war crimes and crimes against humanity had evoked growing support for a U.N. - led commission of inquiry and a potential referral of Myanmar to the International Criminal Court. Perhaps the largest perceived obstacle to invoking these international justice mechanisms was the anticipated opposition of China, a veto - wielding member of the U.N. Security Council and longstanding ally of Myanmar. This article argues that, to the contrary, there is strong evidence that China would not block international efforts to prosecute Myanmar perpetrators of grave crimes. The combination of three factors in particular support this proposition: first, China’s voting record on the U.N. Security Council reflects a strong reluctance to use its veto power; second, economic growth, political stability, and international prestige — instead of the defense of other countries’ sovereignty — have become paramount to China’s foreign policy; and third , in 2004 and 2005, China eclined to veto a Commission of Inquiry and referral to the ICC of Sudan, another important ally.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law (FOL)
Depositing User: Ms Suzilawati Abu Samah
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2015 05:13
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2015 05:13
URI: http://shdl.mmu.edu.my/id/eprint/6004

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