In a departure from the overt violence and election rigging of the past, many authoritarian leaders now prefer to quietly manipulate the legal framework, silencing dissent and limiting civil liberties to ensure that they remain in power.
The ICC celebrated its 12th birthday this month. To provide insight into the court’s current challenges, here is a review of all eight ongoing ICC investigations. The success or failure of each case will determine not only the ICC’s credibility, but also the practice of international criminal law as a whole.
Many African rulers, citing the need for “reconciliation,” are vying to strip a nascent regional court of its ability to prosecute sitting heads of state for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.
With the passing this week of Eduard Shevardnadze, the former foreign minister of the Soviet Union and one of the principal architects of the Cold War’s remarkably peaceful end, the world has lost a skilled and visionary practitioner of diplomacy who helped bring about the most important transition in global politics in the second half of the 20th century.
The sad reality of Iraq’s current crisis is that recent bloodshed and destruction at the hands of ISIL may have been avoided if Iraq’s political leaders made a genuine effort to deal with the past through transitional justice.