Are presidents who seek to withdraw from the ICC in denial about a rare instance of achieved gender equality?
Dominic Ongwen faces trial at the ICC for crimes of which he was also a victim—forcing us to reevaluate dichotomies of guilt and innocence.
States complain that the ICC needs to broaden investigations beyond Africa—yet some of the same states are now trying to limit the increased budget needed to do so.
To survive the current crisis, the ICC must recruit its most persuasive allies—the victims of atrocity crimes themselves.
Three African states have pulled out of the ICC with other departures in the works, putting ICC legitimacy in crisis.
The ICC is now prioritizing crimes involving environmental destruction and land grabbing. How will this change economic development? Español
When measuring ICC success, we need to examine the local impact and not just the international effects. Français
The Colombia case shows international courts do impact local peace-making, but in ways more subtle and nuanced than commonly claimed. Español
Although recent empirical work suggests that the International Criminal Court (ICC) has a deterrent effect, Kenya’s experience requires a deeper look.
Systematic assessments reveal that the ICC can deter intentional civilian killing, but only under the right conditions. Español
Four years after the ICC's intervention in Ivory Coast, opinions are still divided regarding its impact. Français
The ICC’s proposed expansion still falls well short of meeting the significant demands on the court.
Technical legal arguments are insufficient to address growing disenchantment with the ICC. More must be done to extend the reach of international justice to the powerful. Español, Français
Delivering justice for victims is the raison d’etre of the ICC. But making justice count for victims requires much more than fair trials in a Hague courtroom. Français
The ICC should be above politics, but some of the rules found in the Rome Statute make that difficult.
No one would argue the law should be subservient to politics when confronting domestic criminality, so why should this be the case for international crimes? Español
Evidence from Syria and Libya suggests that linkages between the ICC and R2P are not always win-win. Français, العربية
Noisy discussions in the Israeli/Palestinian context have obscured how the ICC’s role may impact Israel’s relations with other states, especially in Europe. العربية
To deter atrocities, the ICC requires more diplomatic support, financial resources and logistical assistance from the Security Council. and Español
The debate about whether or not—or how—to punish
the crimes committed in Colombia’s long civil war should focus instead on the
objectives punishment might achieve. Español
Recent studies pointing to the global deterrent effect of the ICC and international law in reducing atrocities are highly speculative. and Español, Français
With all-too-limited resources, the ICC is falling behind in the fight against impunity. Unless drastic measures are taken, it may never catch up. and Español, Français
While civil society pushes a rights-first agenda in Palestine, resistance towards Palestine’s ICC membership suggests that governments may not embrace this approach.
In countries like Sri Lanka – not party to the ICC – international pressure plays an important role in keeping a focus on the issue of accountability for mass atrocities. Español, Français
LRA commander and former child soldier Dominic Ongwen’s forthcoming trial at the ICC risks obscuring the complex question of how to achieve justice when a victim is also a perpetrator. Español, العربية
The ICC has issued only 3 indictments in Libya, and no new ones since 2011 – even amidst growing violence. New approaches are needed to make the Court’s mandate meaningful. A contribution to openGlobalRights’ debate on the ICC
When does the ICC have a preventive effect? Evidence from DRC shows that it may not be the logic of deterrence that works best to prevent atrocities. Français
The Colombian case shows the need for flexibility in balancing the duty to prosecute international crimes with the duty to negotiate an end to the civil war. Español, Français
Despite increased criticism against the International Criminal Court, new evidence suggests that the Court may be having a real deterrent impact. Español, Français
International Criminal Court developments in 2014 have certainly been important, but we must also look to key events in regional and national institutions that are pushing the evolution of international law.
Past experience suggests warnings that international criminal trials impede peace efforts are overblown. The ICC prosecutor mustn’t politicize her mandate by paying heed to them. Français
Palestinian accession to the ICC could provide an impetus for Israel to resolve the issue of settlements in the political arena before it reaches a legal adjudication. العربية, עברית
The ICC has pursued the ‘small fish’ in the DRC, letting those most responsible for the worst crimes off the hook. Français
The ICC may consider the local context, but no policy or legal decision that permits impunity for gross human rights abuse can satisfy the interests of justice.
The intervention of the ICC in some countries has many effects, but little impact on promoting real accountability – and at times working against that goal.
Respect for ‘sovereignty’ is no defence against ICC action in Sudan, as the government claims. International standards, many that Sudan signed, make clear a state’s treatment of its own citizens is of international concern. العربية
What exactly are the “interests of justice” in the context of the ICC? And should the ICC prosecutor take conflict resolution into account, or do the interests of peace really lie outside of the ICC’s mandate? Français, Español
Africa can benefit greatly from an International Criminal Court that is credible, fair, competent and independent - the current Court fails on all counts. A contribution to the openGlobalRights
debate on the International Criminal Court.
Though India refuses to join the ICC, the Rome Statute has proved very useful in pushing for law reform that would put an end to decades of impunity for state complicity in violence. A contribution to the openGlobalRights
debate on the International Criminal Court. हिन्दी
While the ICC has encountered serious challenges in Kenya, the Court has an important role to play in strengthening Kenyan rule of law and holding elites to account. A contribution to the openGlobalRights
debate on the International Criminal Court.
When it comes to the ICC’s impact on peace processes, we actually know very little, which may be because we are asking the wrong questions. It’s time to create a stronger analytical framework—including examining cases of ICC non-intervention—to properly understand the positive and negative effects of the Court.
The International Criminal Court has failed to live up to expectations that it would mark the end of impunity. Beset by controversy, and its continued relevance under challenge, the Court still deserves the patient support of all who believe in international criminal justice.
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