Comment on the Peace Lecture Question: “To what extent can the ICC advance peace around the world?”
I second the previous sentiments that the International Criminal Court is and can continue to be a force of peace around the world. Mr. Pace’s most powerful and logical argument was that despite all its flaws, the ICC, and international justice in general, is without a doubt the most effective and least expensive peacekeeping tactic. The previous ad hoc trials only dealt with one country and conflict, and in 10 years the ICC is dealing across countless countries, many of which have ongoing conflicts instead of only dealing with ex post facto crimes. The ICC cannot be expected to be perfect—that it exists and is progressing is commendable in itself. The rule of law is created for both punishment and deterrence, and the ICC is no exception. With time, effort, and practice, I believe it will become a powerful entity for the advancement of peace globally.
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