The value of international criminal justice: How much international criminal justice can the world afford?

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Abstract

International criminal justice, and in particular the ICC, has been overburdened by the unrestrained idealism underlying the ambitions inscribed in its fundaments. However, the resulting acts of legal development have not been without value. On the contrary, it is only when idealism sharpens our view on reality that progress can be achieved. Striving to gradually strengthen international criminal justice is therefore worthwhile. Our best bet is to seek to understand where shortcomings in the existing system are grist to the mill for cynicism and to look for opportunities to make international criminal justice more credible in the eyes of victim populations. The question of how much criminal justice the world can afford is the wrong question to ask. Rather, we should be asking whether the international community, if it is still concerned about establishing trust and peace among nations, can afford to do away with international criminal justice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-213
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Criminal Law Review
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019

Keywords

  • International Criminal Court (ICC)
  • human rights law
  • international criminal justice

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