Tuesday, 19 June 2012

WallStreetJournal: - The Absurd International Criminal Court After 10 years and hundreds of millions of dollars, it has completed precisely one trial.

... The court has been a failure. Although it has a staff of more than 700 and an annual budget in excess of $100 million, the ICC has so far completed precisely one trial—that of Thomas Lubanga, a commander in the civil war in Congo. It took three years and ended with a conviction on March 14, 2012. The appeals have not begun. A few other trials are ongoing or set to begin.
Even by the low standards of international tribunals, this performance should raise an eyebrow. What went wrong?..
Mr. Posner, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, is the author of "The Perils of Global Legalism" (University of Chicago Press, 2009). [www.law.uchicago.edu/faculty/posner-e]

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