Crimes at Crossroads

Bekou, Olympia
July 2012
Journal of International Criminal Justice;Jul2012, Vol. 10 Issue 3, p677
Academic Journal
The International Criminal Court operates on the premise that states will share the burden of investigating, prosecuting and adjudicating core international crimes by undertaking proceedings at the national level. The Court will step in only when states are ‘unwilling or unable genuinely’ to conduct such proceedings. The incorporation of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes into the domestic legal order is thus essential to successful cooperation with the ICC as well as national prosecutions aimed at ending impunity. While acknowledging that transposing the relevant provisions of core international crimes into domestic law is never easy, the author succinctly surveys such efforts on the part of a number of selected states in an effort to continue shedding light on a process of empowerment of the domestic legal order that should, she argues, be at the forefront of the accountability effort.


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