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Where Politics Meets International Justice

Interesting Foreign Policy blog in response to a Romney comment made Monday night, underscoring the United States’ stance on the ICC:

http://bosco.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/10/23/could_ahmadinejad_by_indicted_for_genocide

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3 responses to “Where Politics Meets International Justice

  1. patrickwu October 24, 2012 at 1:45 am

    In the same vein, here is another article that talks about what Romney said last night in the campaign: http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2012/10/romney-ahmadinejad-and-the-bounds-of-free-speech-139324.html?hp=r17

  2. coschaput October 25, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Along the same lines, below is another article analyzing Romney’s comments on Monday night. I found this particular article to be interesting because the role of party lines are also analyzed. Romney’s comments broke apart from the traditional Republican mold according to the article. Going off that assumption, in my opinion this signals that international justice is a growing concern. The article states, “Romney’s comments are likely part of an effort to establish himself as a potential president who would not be quick to go to war,” and whether that is true or not it does signal that Presidential candidates do consider International Justice as a subject they need to take a stand on and it would be my guess that it will continue to grow as more important topic in elections to come.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/23/mitt-romney-iran-criminal-court-ahmadinejad_n_2006261.html?utm_hp_ref=elections-2012

  3. alexj528 October 27, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    While most of the articles and comments have been suggesting that this is out of character for Romney due to traditional Republican beliefs about international obligations, this seems to me to reinforce what was discussed in Thursday’s class. While the U.S. often refers cases to the ICC, it has not ratified the Rome Statute, allowing it to serve as prosecutor with no risk of having charges levied against its citizens. Romney’s proposal seems to follow these lines, as he spoke of prosecuting Ahmadinejad, but of no greater cooperation with the ICC. The Republican party platform states:

    To shield members of our Armed Forces and others in service to America from ideological prosecutions overseas, the Republican Party does not accept the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court. We support statutory protection for U.S. personnel and officials as they act abroad to meet our global security requirements.

    As such, Romney’s statements seem to suggest that he would continue cooperation with the ICC, but still avoid ratifying the Rome statute so as to guarantee U.S. immunity.

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