The International Criminal Court (ICC) will hear important cases related to war crimes in Uganda and the Congo in January, but is the court itself caught in a global backlash?
We recently conducted a study to try to understand public support for the ICC. Our findings, described below, help explain why the ICC is facing an unprecedented crisis of confidence.
The ICC needs the support of its members
In October, South Africa, Burundi and Gambia exited the ICC, raising new challenges for the relatively young war crimes court. A month later, Russia, which had signed — but not ratified — the initial 1998 Rome Statute that established the ICC, also withdrew, after the ICC issued a report labeling Russia’s actions in Crimea an “occupation.”
With no police force of its own, the ICC depends on the support and cooperation of member states to investigate, arrest and prosecute criminals.… Seguir leyendo »