In the history of criminal justice, the ICC marks a considerable advance in the struggle against impunity for crimes against humanity. While the concepts of crimes against humanity, genocide, and war crimes have long been criminalized in national and international criminal law, the twentieth century will nonetheless remain emblazoned on mankind’s collective memory as one in which these crimes were committed on an unprecedented scale. At the dawn of that century, distinguished voices proclaimed that it would be one of peace, international arbitration to prevent or...
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