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A Plea Of Humanity To Law: The Need For An Effective International Criminal Court

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The author asked the court to affirm, by international criminal law, the right of all human beings to live in peace and dignity regardless of their race or creed. It was "a plea of humanity to law". It now seems that all states have finally come to realize that what is urgently needed to close the glaring gap in the international legal order is a permanent international criminal court created under international control to administer justice equally to all. The first thing that needs to be done is to make sure that the new ad hoc tribunals succeed in their missions. The second thing that needs to be done is for the Statute of the International Criminal Court, adopted in Rome in July 1998 by a UN Diplomatic Conference, to be implemented effectively. The people of the world must make up their minds about the kind of world they want.

Keywords: ad hoc tribunals; international criminal court; international legal order; plea of humanity to law; Rome; Statute; UN Diplomatic Conference



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