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The ICC: one verdict vs. three faults

Barrios, Cristina (2012) The ICC: one verdict vs. three faults. International Affairs at LSE (27 Mar 2012). Website.

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The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued its first ever verdict last week (14 March 2012). Thomas Lubanga was found guilty of training and using child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Details on the sentence will be known at a later date: it will be important to see if the ICC sets a meaningful precedent and sends Lubanga to jail for life (30 years). In the early 2000s, Lubanga was a commander, though not the head, of one of the militias in the East of the DRC. He defended the Hema ethnic group in a complex conflict involving domestic and regional actors, called the ‘African World War’. The ICC finally brings some justice –and condemnation—to this long and bloody war. The verdict reinforces the ICC, as it institutionalizes the prosecution and penalization for crimes against humanity. However, the ICC has difficulty to stand up against three faults: the lengthy process, the politicization of cases, and the exclusive focus on Africa.

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Additional Information: © 2012 The Author(s)
Divisions: IGA: LSE IDEAS
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JX International law
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2017 13:15
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 06:55

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