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International Criminal Court: Policy, Status and Overview

ISBN: 978-1606927236

10 January 2011

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has been in operation since 2003 as the first permanent world court to prosecute individuals for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. It is a curious institution, occupying a nervous space between state sovereignty and individual responsibility. It claims independence from state parties but also relies on them for cooperation in its investigations, the execution of its arrest warrants and, ultimately, the enforcement of its decisions.

Its relationship with the US is a fascinating ongoing battle of values, between the insistence on sovereignty and the aspiration towards international justice. America’s vehement oppression to the ICC is a surprising stance for the dominant democratic power, and the relationship has been the focal point for an energetic movement of NGOs around the world.

This is not a book which discusses these things. Harry P Milton has put together three essays by the American Congressional Researc...

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