A Standing International Criminal Court: Step By Step Towards the Enforcement of International Justice

Iris Almeida

Abstract


The institutional arrangements for
the promotion of peace, truth, justice,
reparation and reconciliation of
countries that are rebuilding democratic
institutions following long
years of war and conflict, are complex
and should necessarily be varied.
This article will focus on one salutary
global development, namely the
adoption of the Rome Statute for the
establishment of an International
Criminal Court. The author argues
that it is essential that states display
courage, tenacity and strong political
will in actively pursuing the path of
international justice and realizing
the project of making the court a reality.
The article highlights the contribution
that civil society
organizations including non-governrnental
organizations, women's
rights groups, academics, journalists,
church groups and legal experts
can play in educating their fellow
citizens and in encouraging states to
ratify the Rome Statute. This article
approaches the International Criminal
Court from three vantage points:
First, the opening up of international
law to a diversity of actors in the field
of human rights; second, the universality
of human rights and third, the
emerging alliance between some
States and civil society actors in ending
the cycle of impunity.

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