An International Criminal Court

1718 Words Dec 8th, 2015 7 Pages
The establishment of an international criminal court was a slow, arduous process. Following the horrific human rights violations committed by the Nazis in World War II, the global community began to take the proper steps to combat the notion that being at war sanctions gross abuses of human rights. It was not a lust for violence that elongated the process of establishing the ICC (international criminal court), but rather the long-time battle between accepting that the world is increasingly affected by globalization and holding fast to the age-old tradition of prizing state sovereignty above all. The scale of the genocide carried out against all peoples not of Aryan descent in the 1940s was the catalyst needed to start talks about prizing guaranteed rights over the incessant need to abide by antiquated customary law. Whilst many argue that the ICC and ad-hoc tribunals such as the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) fail to provide a comprehensive international legal framework, they serve other important purposes. Firstly, the ICC and its parent tribunals played a major part in ending the culture of impunity. Oftentimes, in states where there are violations of international humanitarian law, the government is wrought with corruption. Politicians and government officials abuse the rights of their citizens and others under the guise of sovereign immunity. Tribunals, and later the ICC,…
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