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Harvard Law: Is the ICC Working?

A great little article… Harvard Law Professor Alex Whiting outlines the successes and shortcomings of the ICC thus far.

“Despite the court’s operational success though, Whiting acknowledged that it suffers from a “legitimacy drag.” The ICC has been plagued by accusations that it prosecutes weak countries and lets more powerful countries escape accountability, Whiting said. (The United States and Russia, for example, have not acceded to the court’s jurisdiction.) It has also been criticized for opening cases only in African countries. In response, the ICC has considered moving some of its operations to Africa, but has not done so due to security and budget constraints.”


One response to “Harvard Law: Is the ICC Working?

  1. coschaput October 16, 2012 at 12:13 am

    I found this to be is a very interesting article and subsequently a great first post to comment on. Before entering this class I was very unfamiliar with the role and identity of the ICC. I knew there were international courts and an established system, but I was not aware of the history or evolution of such. Given last classes focus on the development and establishment of international courts, it was very interesting to read an article that looked one step further to the success or effectiveness of the ICC. While at first it is seemingly unthinkable to devise criteria to judge the ICC’s success, the article does a great job of suggesting the breakdown of three categories, “how it functions, its impact and its ability to deter future violence.” As we move forward in class conversation, I think it’s important to keep these three categories and measurements at top of mind. There is a second side the ICC which includes its effective future and this article outlines that very well.

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