Accounting for Crimes: The Role of International Criminal Tribunals in Effectively Addressing Impunity

Iris Almeida

Abstract


In this paper, the author examines the
ways in which accountability for international
crimes could become a practical
reality. She takes the position that "impunity"
is inimical both to justice, and to
lasting peace and democracy in post-conflict
societies and proposes a conceptual
framework for the international rule of
law as an alternative. She also argues that
a strong, independent and permanent
International Criminal Court (ICC)
would ensure the kind of universal enforcement
of international law that will
lead to a progressive, long-term reduction
of human rights violations.

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