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The International Criminal Court And The Transformation Of International Law

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Cherif Bassiouni most enduring legacy has been his tireless advocacy for the establishment of an international criminal court (ICC) that could try the perpetrators of such crimes, an effort that would certainly have been dubbed ?quixotic? a decade ago. Not only are many of the intellectual foundations of the Court?s jurisdiction and operation to be found in his early writings, but his practical contributions to the Court?s establishment have been extraordinary. This chapter is a tribute to Cherif Bassiouni who helped bring about this new reality, as well as a brief discussion of both his and new Court?s potential contribution to international law and world order. It also highlights a few of Bassiouni?s major contributions, and the ?uneasy revolution? worked by the adoption of the Rome Statute itself. Finally, it offers a few thoughts about the Court?s first cases and the direction of international criminal justice in the 21st century.

Keywords: Cherif Bassiouni; court?s jurisdiction; international criminal court (ICC); international criminal justice; international law; Rome Statute; world order



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