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What is the international criminal court for and why was it created?

What is the international criminal court for and why was it created?


School: Arizona State University
Department: Political Science
Course: Global Politics and and Issues
Professor: Berliner
Term: Fall 2016
Tags: political science
Cost: 50
Name: POS 160 Final Exam Study Guide Part A with answers
Description: This study guide contains 7 questions and answers from the study questions we were given in class. Watch out for the second part of the guide (with the other seven questions), it will be up by tomorrow night.
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QUESTION: What is the principle of comparative advantage, and how is it different from  the principle of absolute advantage? Under what conditions would each principle lead to  recommendations that two countries trade with each other? Use an example in your  explanation.

What is the international criminal court, why was it created?


What is the principle of comparative advantage?

-It is the ability of a country to produce goods and/or services at a lower opportunity cost  ( the cost of a missed opportunity and the loss of other benefits) than other firms or  individuals.

This happens when a country is relatively better at producing a certain good relative to  other goods- so they simply specialize on that one good.

This gives them more time to focus on one good.

∙ It is different from absolute advantage because a country can have a  comparative advantage in something they do not have an absolute advantage o  Absolute advantage refers to differences in productivity of nations, while  comparative advantage refers to differences in opportunity costs.

What are hard and soft international laws?

∙ Comparative advantage uses opportunity costs and finds advantage with relative  commodity prices. Nations can still trade if one country has a comparative  advantage in both goods as long as that don’t have equal opportunity costs  whereas absolute advantage says says that a country should not trade if it is  good at everything.

When would each principle lead to recommendations that two countries trade with each  other? Use an example in your explanation.

∙ For example, if the United States can produce five wheat bushels per hour and  two cloth yards per hour, while England can produce three wheat bushels per  hour and six cloth yards per hour, the U.S. has both an absolute and comparative  advantage in the production of wheat and England has both an absolute and  comparative advantage in the production of cloth. However, suppose the United  States had an absolute advantage in both wheat and cloth by producing not two,  but eight cloth yards per hour. England would have no absolute advantage (since  its three wheat bushels and six cloth yards are not greater than the five wheat  and eight cloth yards the U.S. can produce per hour), but it would still have a  competitive advantage in cloth because that is its specialization. In other words,  England can make more cloth yards than wheat bushels per hour with the same  labor force, which means England specializes in cloth. Thus, the most beneficial  trade agreement would be for England to trade its specialization of cloth and for  the United States to trade wheat, since it will get cloth from England and can  utilize the labor force to make more wheat instead of cloth.  

What is the principle of comparative advantage, and how is it different from the principle of absolute advantage?

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. Who wins and who loses from globalization? Pick two types of actors or groups who  tend to “win” and two who tend to “lose,” and explain why for each.

- the development of an increasingly integrated global economy marked especially by  free trade, free flow of capital, and the tapping of cheaper foreign labor markets ANSWER Don't forget about the age old question of How will technology improve your life?

1. Winners: developed countries  

∙ They get access to cheap raw materials

∙ They get access to cheap labor

∙ They get access to markets because their products are way better than the ones  produced locally  

∙ Gain competitive advantage Don't forget about the age old question of Define marketing.

Losers- developing countries/  

B. global poor losers

Eg Lee Kyung- Hae a South Korean farmer killed himself in 2003 outside WTO meeting  to show the gravity of globalization to poor farmers when South Korea opened its - however gvt suffers ie the economy

Businesses owners suffer  

market to cheaper cows from Australia after being pressurised by WTO.

--sometimes citizens benefit by accessing better quality and cheaper products eg  Zimbabwe and China relations

QUESTION :What is the International Criminal Court, why was it created, and why is it  so controversial? Explain two distinct types of criticism that have been directed at the  ICC.  


Why formed

had set out a number of international crimes such as genocide and crimes against  humanity. The Hague-based court was designed to step in, investigate and prosecute  when states were "unable" or "unwilling" to do so themselves.

. What is the International Criminal Court, why was it created, and why is it so  controversial? Explain two distinct types of criticism that have been directed at the ICC.  1. Some say that violence is not just criminal, it is also social and political. Hence it  is not enough to just try the perpetrators and punish them. The problem is rooted  deep within the structures. Hence, we have to first solve/find solutions to the root  issues. We also discuss several other topics like In columbian-era, what is the dead toll of the great dying?

2. Some people resent it because they think it is targeting African countries only,  thus they feel that it is a weapon of neocolonization.

-AAll situations and cases under investigation or prosecution by the IC Care in Africa.  Since its establishment in 2002, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International  Criminal Court (ICC) has investigated eight situations involving alleged violations of  international criminal law. Each of these investigations related to situations in Africa,  namely, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Uganda, the Central African  Republic (CAR), Darfur/Sudan, Kenya, Libya, Ivory Coast, and Mali.ll situations and  cases under investigation or prosecution by the ICC are in Africa. Since its  establishment in 2002, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal  Court. Don't forget about the age old question of Who published an unfavorable review of research on psychotherapy outcome in 1953?

-Bashir, who has refused several requests to visit the court to face the charges against  him, has declared the ICC "a tool to terrorize countries that the West thinks are

disobedient." Other African leaders have expressed support. "The court has  transformed itself into a political instrument targeting Africa and Africans," Tedros  Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Ethiopian foreign minister, said at an A.U. summit in 2013.

Question: What are “hard” and “soft” international law, and what three dimensions  distinguish between them? Give a specific example of each of hard and soft law. Why  would the international community ever try to make “soft” law rather than “hard” law? ANSWER If you want to learn more check out What is the meaning of external attribution?

-Hard law refers to actual binding legal instruments and laws. In contrast with soft law,  hard law gives States and international actors actual binding responsibilities as well as  rights. Often, there is interference of third party to make sure states abide by the rules -The term "soft law" refers to quasi-legal instruments which do not have any legally binding force, or whose binding force is somewhat "weaker" than the binding force of  traditional law,

Usually aspirational and ambiguous- therefore ends up as mere window dressing

Three dimensions that distinguish them

1. hard law is binding whereas soft law “lacks teeth”

2. Hard law involves interference of third party to implement it and resolve disputes  whereas soft law doesnt involve a third party

3. Hard law is clear and precise whereas soft law is ambiguous and aspirational  ∙ Hard law example--

-Soft law --Most Resolutions and Declarations of the UN General Assembly

 often used to describe various kinds of quasi-legal instruments of the  European Union: "codes of conduct", "guidelines", "communications" etc.  

When would they prefer soft law

-When states form looser, less intensively committed arrangements, softer law  will be preferred.

For example, states may enter agreements like the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation  forum where cooperation is beneficial, but where very high levels of commitment are not  required

∙ Reducing threats to sovereignty  

Softer law provides a way to enter into a relationship while still protecting a state's  sovereignty. For instance, soft law may include escape clauses, vague wording or may  avoid delegating disputes to independent third parties. These strategies provide the  benefit of allowing for a relationship without overly threatening state sovereignty. ∙ Less time consuming

QUESTION: Why are rich countries rich and poor countries poor? Answers to this  question tend to fall into four categories: Geography, international factors, domestic  policies, and domestic institutions. Choose three different possible answers, each from  a different one of those four categories, and explain each in detail.  ANSWER

∙ Geography

This view believes that disparities between rich and poor countries is caused by  the location of these countries.  

-The first example can be seen by examining land locked countries versus coastal  countries.  

-This view argues that coastal countries tend to be much richer than landlocked  countries. This is because they have more access to the sea (transport system and  trade routes) Thus, it becomes easier for them to export their products to other  countries unlike landlocked countries that have to incur more costs to export their  products.

-In 1776, Adam Smith observed that the inland parts of Africa and Asia were the least  economically developed areas of the world.

- Landlocked countries also face challenges that result from dependence to a sovereign  transit country which they can use to ship their products through in order to access  international markets  

- For example, Uganda has to ship their products though Kenya in order to access the  international market. A lot of paperwork has to be done and in the case of a conflict  between the two countries, Uganda suffers

- A second view can focus on the resource curse. This view says that it is actually a  curse to have natural resources such as coal, copper, oil etc in your country because  that will make the country solely depend on that one resource- and impedes  diversification.

For example, Zambia’s economy relies solely on copper,

This not only prevents diversification, but also results in the lack of a social contract  between the people and the government that occurs when people pay taxes. The  government does not provide much products and services to the people because it  does not get money from them.

∙ International factors  

Poor countries are poor because of the influence has had on them at some point- be it  in the past or currently

∙ One example of this is colonialism

∙ It created borders that cut across ethnic, linguistic and religious groups. This  resulted in the formation of countries that had people of different religions,  ethnicities, languages etc.

∙ An example of one such act was the Berlin conference 1884-1885 that divided  African countries between Western countries- one specific illustration is of  Nigeria. The country is divided into different ethnic groups such as Igbo, Yoruba,  Hausa, Fulani etc.

∙ The only development that took place during colonization that emphasized the  interests of the colonizers, and all the profits went back to the colonizer’s home  countries

∙ This has left a lot of legacies in most African and Asian countries that were once  colonized, as it is now to get back up and recover from the effects of colonization. ∙ Eg Congo is one of the poorest countries in the world.

∙ During the colonization era, King Leopold of Belgium emphasized on Belgian  interests in Congo. He was only interested in rubber production and violently ill

treated the workers just to get more production, ie by cutting off the fingers of  some.

∙ Domestic policies

This focuses on what the government can do to encourage economic growth  -This view believes that rich countries are rich because they followed the right  development strategy ,a and poor countries are poor because they pursued the wrong  development strategies.

-These development strategies include

ISI ( import substituting industrialization) -focuses on replacing foreign imports with  domestic production through subsidized loans, trade policies etc. It was pursued by a lot  of Latin countries

EOI (export oriented industrialization)

Focused on production of goods to export in other countries. Eg textiles, garments for  export etc.

Eg Asian growth model accompanied by high government intervention.

Hence, different policies work for different countries. For example it worked for Japan  because it received a lot of financial support from the US during Cold war crisis, hence  this method can fail for some countries now- because they are not receiving as much  foreign aid as Japan received during the Cold war.

The overall argument made by this claim is that poor countries pursued ISI instead of  EOI or they pursued EOI instead of ISI.

Question:What do the factoral and sectoral models each predict will be the preferences  over trade policy of the following groups, and why? (TWO of the possible combinations  of the following would appear on the exam) [Workers]/[Capital] in an [export  oriented]/[import competing] industry in a relatively [labor abundant, capital  scarce]/[labor scarce, capital abundant] country.


Factorial model

Free trade benefits the abundant factor of production in a country, while protectionism  benefits the scarce factor.

For example, if a country is labor abundant and capital scarce- then labor would want  free trade because it would mean the availability of jobs for them from external  companies. However, capital would want protectionism, because the international  companies coming in mean an increase in competition

The converse is true for capital abundant and labor scarce countries.

Sectoral model

Does not predict class conflict in society.

It says that labor and capital in whole industries tend to share the same industries  depending on whether they are export oriented or import oriented,

∙ Export oriented eg software, banking. This group is pro- free trade, because they  gain a lot from it.

∙ Import competing eg cars in the US. They are anti- free trade because it brings  about competition from more competitive international businesses, and this may  probably get them out of business.

∙ Non-tradable. This group can be indifferent, since the goods they produce are  not affected by free trade in any way. However, they tend to support it because  they are consumers, hence free trade gives them more choices, and access to  better quality goods.

urt (ICC) has investigated eight situations involving alleged violations of international  criminal law. Each of these investigations related to situations in Africa, namely, the  Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Uganda, the Central African Republic (CAR),  Darfur/Sudan, Kenya, Libya, Ivory Coast, and Mali.

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