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Conclusion: Promoting An International Order Of Human Dignity With Teeth

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Human rights law and its progeny, international criminal law, are products of the natural law doctrine. From this perspective, the U.S. frequently aggravates the free enjoyment of the rights of others as it crafts policy, and thus international initiative, through a lens that begins and ends with a view toward what best suits its own perceived national interests. The addition of the International Criminal Court (ICC), through the dogged efforts of its states parties, has raised the number of total international prosecutions/investigations from seven to more than fifteen, doubling the number of situations where international scrutiny can deter or punish atrocity. Since the cessation of hostilities and implementation of accountability measures, Sierra Leone's amazing transformation into a bonafide trade partner shines as an example of economic benefit of deterring human rights atrocity. An effective ICC serves these ends and ultimately proves to be of great benefit to U.S. economic interests.

Keywords: Human rights; International Criminal Court; U.S.



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