The ICC and its Impact: More Known Unknowns

The perceived tension between security and justice in the immediate aftermath of conflict is a recurring theme throughout the SCID Course. The following article may be of particular interest to SCID students soon to embark on their assignment for Module 2, when we will be looking at actors and activities involved in building security and justice after conflict, including those involved in transitional justice processes and mechanisms.

Justice in Conflict

(Photo: Still Burning) (Photo: Still Burning)

As I mentioned yesterday, OpenDemocracy is hosting a symposium on the trials and tribulations of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Today’s article is my contribution to the debate and focuses on the impact of the ICC on the conflicts in which it intervenes. Here’s a snippet:

Given the amount of ink spilled on elaborating the ICC’s impacts, it may be surprising that we actually know very little about the Court’s effects on peace processes and conflict resolution. Indeed, as the former Chief Prosecutor of the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the former Director of the International Crisis Group, Louise Arbour, observed: “We all repeat the mantra that there can be no lasting peace without justice; and that’s true enough. But I don’t think that we have yet resolved the inevitable tensions between the two in a workable fashion.”

This is at least in part…

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