Comment on the Peace Lecture Question: “To what extent can the ICC advance peace around the world?”
I've seen several comments stating that the ICC is already an effective method for peace, some going as far as to claim it is the "most effective." I agree that the ICC is powerful in that it is not as restricted by national borders and does have a deterrent effect, I would not go as far as to claim that the ICC has even a large impact. To beat a dead horse, the ICC has only one conviction since its existence, and, although it does have more power than previous tribunals, its power is still limited by the cooperation of governments and the wheels of bureaucracy. I somewhat agree with the sentiment of the man in class who said something along the lines of, "The ICC is only something that exists to make nations feel good about themselves."
I recognize the potential of the ICC. However, it has had ten years to evolve and grow (a fairly long time in terms of international politics, longer than two presidential terms), in which not much has been accomplished. I can only hope that it undergoes more dramatic change for the better in the future.
© ICCforum.com, 2010–2021. All rights reserved.