International Justice

CJ354 Endicott College

Review Question #2

What are the different ways we can evaluate the successes and failures of international courts?

Does the ICC face similar political and legal obstacles to past tribunals?

Offer up some answers in the comments below.


One response to “Review Question #2

  1. smkitt October 24, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    There are many ways to interpret success and failure in the ICC. In a punitive sense, a high rate of conviction could be one way to determine success. In a restorative sense, truth commissions and more victim-centric modes could be examples of success. Failure could be an immense amount of cases waiting to be tried, or perpetrators on the run. Failure could also be the continued instability of a nation or region. Failure and success are relative terms when it comes to justice, but they also carry a lot of weight for two word. I believe success comes from stability and closure, and not necessarily punitive justice.
    The ICC will always face political obstacles; it is impossible to avoid with such a large and internationally connected body. They will face more political obstacles than the tribunals did, the tribunals dealt with very few governments at a given time, where as the ICC has to contend with dozens at any one time. Everything the ICC can and will ever do can be construed to fit a political agenda or warped to fit propaganda needs. The ICC is facing heat from the AU, but that is where the cases the ICC can have jurisdiction are. We cannot do anything about Syria because the ICC has no jurisdiction there. There will also always be problems and questions of bias until the major powers sign the Rome Statute, which is a very unlikely occurrence.

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