Comment on the Universality Lecture Question: “Is universal state participation in the ICC system desirable and, if so, how could that be achieved?”
I agree with you that making the ICC a universal institution will help improve its legitimacy and this should be the will of anyone engaged in the fight against the impunity of international crimes namely those included in art 5 of the Rome Statute.
Though, I have to point out that your statement that "More international support for the ICC would increase its legitimacy especially as an organization funded by the United Nations" is not completely true. The ICC is a treaty based institution; it is not a UN created institution. Its whole existence and the participation to its activities is all based on the Rome Statute.
Also I have to point out that your other statement "It is difficult for the United Nations to justify paying the current 96 million dollars in costs of the ICC..."is wrong as the Court is financed by its States Parties.
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