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Statement from the Prosecutor of the ICC

This is a link to a statement from the prosecutor of the ICC. It is interesting to read how the prosecutor views her role and her responsibilities in regards to truth telling, remembering the victims, and working with the national justice systems.


3 responses to “Statement from the Prosecutor of the ICC

  1. branwall1 October 23, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    It seems that one of the greatest barriers to restorative justice, in situations where the international community has agreed that something must be done, is time. The ICC plans to respond in April to crimes that were committed in Kenya as early as 2007-2008, and this is far faster than some of the cases we’ve seen in other tribunals. Being that some of the intentions of the ICC are to assuage victims and prevent future injustices, the court would clearly be much more effective if it were able to more swiftly carry out justice. Certainly, there are many obstacles for a case to make its way to the ICC, and then the cases are subject to all-new investigations and international laws regarding procedure. There are also the delays that are invariably brought about by the defendant denouncing the legitimacy or rights of the court. Hopefully, as the ICC continues, it will be able to perfect the process of getting a case to trial so that the injustices will still be fresh in victims’ minds (so that they may feel more fully righted) and so that other conspirators who may not have made it to trial will have more to fear–and more reason to never facilitate or commit such an atrocity ever again.

  2. coschaput October 25, 2012 at 11:22 am

    In alignment with the previous two posts, the inner-workings and effectiveness of the ICC is a fascinating and crucial topic especially regarding many of the ongoing world issues. I found the article below which discusses the relationship between Libya and the ICC, as well as the current battle for the location of the trail. With the ICC approaching their 10 year milestone, this article brings the lingering instability of the court’s power to the forefront. With the Libya case, will they grant Libya the right to hold the trial or default to The Hague and more importantly, how will this decision factor into the future of the ICC?

  3. mhdeck October 28, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    I found the article about Libya very interesting. It highlighted the political complications the ICC has with countries that refuse to cooperate and the divide in the Security Council. The serious of issues and missteps between the ICC and the Libyan government demonstrate the importance international politics plays in getting justice. The article mentions the lack of cooperation on the Security Council, which directly effects what the court can get done in Libya. Additionally, the article highlights the fact that because the court is young it has a limited number of precedents to work off of. With that in mind the present actions of the court are important in shaping later actions. If Libya does decide to snub the ICC and hold trials will the ICC loose some of it’s power?
    Another issue the article brings to light is that Libya was able to arrest ICC officials. This seems to be completely counter intuitive. If ICC officials are working to gather evidence and build a case should they have a level of protection against arrests? The arrests of ICC officials in Libya indicates that the ICC is very often directly effected by political motivates.
    It seems as though if Libya does decide to ignore the ICC and hold trails there would be no punishment because the politics of the Security Council would result in deadlock. If this is true, is the court a puppet of international politics? Moreover, what type of justice there be if there is no punishment for those who ignore the court?

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