International Justice

CJ354 Endicott College

Review Question #1

What are the most important concepts in the study of international justice ( at least, so far in the course )?

Offer up some answers in comments below, with very brief descriptions.


3 responses to “Review Question #1

  1. laurherv October 24, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    An important concept in international justice is individual accountability. International justice allows for the primary perpetrators of major atrocity crimes to be held responsible for their actions and decisions, instead of the state as a whole. This allows for more justice to be served as offenders are directly punished for their contributions and victims feel they can receive more closure with the person or people who victimized them.
    Another important concept is the debate between peace and justice in transitioning nations. Questions have been raised about the approach that international justice should take in helping to prosecute those most responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity, as well as bring a sense of peace and civility to societies affected by these crimes. The balance of these two goals is a main focus for international justice, but is difficult to achieve in many circumstances, where prosecution has the possibility of destroying the efforts towards peace in a nation.

  2. emilysgarland October 24, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    I feel that another important concept regarding international justice is the hope of preventative action for further atrocity crimes. By prosecuting the perpetrators of these crimes, others may be deferred in the future from committing them.

  3. fmb10 October 25, 2016 at 11:36 am

    I think another important concept is the prosecution of the most responsible players for the most atrocious crimes. Without the establishment of international justice many of these crimes would go un-tried, especially if they were committed by states themselves. With more influential international justice and the establishment off the ICC big perpetrators, heads of state for example, can now be tried allowing far more victims to see the justice they deserve.

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