The International Criminal Court: struggling to find its way

Schabas, William A. ORCID logoORCID: (2012) The International Criminal Court: struggling to find its way. In: Realizing Utopia: the future of International Law. Cassese, Antonio, ed. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 250-260. ISBN 9780199691661. [Book Section] (doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691661.003.0020)


In spite of the initial success in the establishment of the International Criminal Court, the Court is facing difficulties in becoming operational and effective. Many procedural defects stand out. In addition, the idea that the choices of ‘situations’ falling under the Court's jurisdiction is left to one unaccountable individual, who employs vague concepts of ‘gravity’ and ‘interests of justice’ to explain these, is the Court's greatest flaw. The Court remains confronted by the need to address shortcomings that have manifested themselves in its first years of operation. Nevertheless, there are many encouraging signs that it continues to enjoy the confidence of a large number of states.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Law and Politics
Item ID: 12510
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Depositing User: William Schabas
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2013 06:56
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 12:20

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