It’s been a big couple of weeks for international criminal justice. Karadzic was convicted. Bemba was convicted. Ongwen’s case will proceed to trial. And most importantly, the ICC is FINALLY getting a new website. (This is huge news, because the current one looks like it was designed in 1994 before anyone quite knew what the internet was, which cannot be true because the ICC did not exist in 1994. But I digress.)
But what of it, you say. Are the billions (yes, billions) of dollars spent on these institutions and their websites yielding dividends for international peace and security?
The short answer is: We don’t really know. For the longer answer, here’s:
- Hyeran Jo and Beth Simmons at openGlobalRights, presenting evidence from their forthcoming International Organization article that the ICC can deter mass atrocities.
- Me, contributing to a symposium about the Jo & Simmons article on James Stewart’s blog, and arguing that the evidence is inconclusive. (Bonus: Along with Stewart’s own contribution, Mark Drumbl and Julian Ku & Jide Nzelibe have also weighed in.)
- Mark Kersten, previewing his book, Justice in Conflict, which is due out in June and takes a deep dive into the complicated and sometimes counter-intuitive effects of the ICC’s actions in Libya and Uganda.