Cross-examining the Criminal Court

Improving global governance
Posted Oct 12, 2017 | Center for Security Studies, CĂ©line Barmet

The establishment of the permanent International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2002 sent a strong signal against impunity for human rights violations. However, Céline Barmet suggests in this report for the Center for Security Studies that political circumstances and a lack of cooperation by its members keep the ICC from fulfilling its mandate. Authoritarian regimes block the implementation of universal human rights, while only a fraction of all violations of international law are sanctioned. The ICC can only function in an international framework that shares its value system and supports its mandate. As the Court is in danger of losing credibility, the international community must show interest in prosecuting crimes effectively.


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