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Introduction: A Legal Response To Atrocity

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This is the introductory chapter of the book which tracks relevant historic and contemporary international legal trends in order to appraise the resilience of the current international criminal legal order and in assessing the role of the United States, and make predictions and recommendations concerning its future vitality. It explores the historic conditions under which change to international human rights law and international criminal law have experienced the greatest innovation to lay bare relevant societal patterns, economic and geopolitical forces and other conditioning factors that emerge and establish a roadmap to project and anticipate future innovation. The International Criminal Court is an institution established to suspend, correct and deter grave public order violations and rehabilitate victims through the considered exercise of power that accounts for social well-being. But, the creation of the International Criminal Court raises three issues. These three issues are state sovereignty, politicization and legal positivism.

Keywords: International Criminal Court; international criminal legal order; international human rights law; United States



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