Comment on the Politics Lecture Question: “To what extent should the ICC Office of the Prosecutor consider or engage in politics to advance international justice?”
Although I'm sure this has been articulated numerous times, I found the most interesting part of the discussion the different perspectives between our moderators and professor McFaul. Ultimately, I found myself agreeing with Prof. McFaul in that an ICC with little or no teeth will be ineffective in deterring those that are already willing to commit atrocities. While the 'line in the sand' the ICC may create solidifies a global consensus against atrocities, I have a hard time believing that those who are willing to commit such crimes will be deterred by an idea. Therefore, the question to me was how to increase the effectiveness (in terms of arrests etc.) of the ICC without jeopardizing the sovereignty of nations and creating a global police force.
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