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Strengthening Enforcement of International Criminal Law

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This chapter discusses the poor performance of States when it comes to the enforcement of international criminal law. It illustrates how States have failed to uphold this important area of the criminal law. The chapter argues that the permanent International Criminal Court (ICC) is a weak prosecutorial instrument and easily circumvented by States determined to frustrate its efforts. It argues the need for international civil society to support the ICC in order to allow it to perform its prosecutorial role. The chapter proposes a means whereby international civil society might achieve this objective by using a modified international people's court. It concludes that the means are available to improve the protection of human beings from human rights abuses; it is really just a matter of having the will to do something about it. There is perhaps no better time to do this than now.

Keywords: human rights abuses; international civil society; International Criminal Court (ICC); international criminal law



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