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The International Criminal Court Five Years On: Andante Or Moderato?

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The great promises heralded in the 1960s and 1970s the upholding of forward-looking notions such as obligations erga omnes, obligations owed to the international community as a whole, jus cogens, the aggravated responsibility of States, the common heritage of mankind, the right to development have remained unfulfilled. The International Criminal Court (ICC), with its drive to universality, constitutes the only true and fully-fledged realization of the ideal of justice. International criminal justice has been a dream for years: the dream to put an end to atrocities not by using traditional channels, that is, via sovereign States, but by making directly answerable those individuals who, often sheltering behind the shield of state sovereignty, grossly breach human rights. The court has rightly insisted with the four States whose situations it is considering that they should cooperate.

Keywords: human rights; International Criminal Court (ICC); state sovereignty



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