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?”
I think it would be difficult to disengage the ICC completely from politics, since its existence is a political one. At its founding and in the earlier years of the court, I think that the ICC would not be able to divorce itself from politics of the many different countries.
However, I think that as the ICC matures and establishes its legitimacy, I think that the ICC Office of the Prosecutor should focus on its main goal: delivering justice and implementing criminal justice proceedings. I think that continuing in engage in politics can be harmful to the court's image and may delegitimize its value in the international community as an impartial body that upholds peace and justice.
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