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The International Criminal Court is to be a permanent watchdog for violations of human rights and humanitarian law, for France and other States Parties to the Rome Statute, subject to the limitation that the Court's jurisdiction only applies to the 'most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole'. This is the concluding chapter of the book, which explains that democracies like France (or the USA) who claim the high moral posture as the homeland of human rights, the country of asylum, should align their actions with their words, or reduce such claims to those of a 'normal', necessarily imperfect, democracy, which is doing its best to respect democratic and human rights standards, without claiming to be a 'beacon' for all nations and all peoples. France should be satisfied to be a middle-size country, not a 'great nation', with good but mixed democratic credentials.

Keywords: humanitarian law; International Criminal Court



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