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Who's afraid of the International Criminal Court

McCormack, T ORCID: 0000-0002-5061-5789 2017 , 'Who's afraid of the International Criminal Court', in R Gaita and G Simpson (eds.), Who's afraid of international law? , Monash University Publishing, Australia, pp. 43-76.

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Is it not possible for us to imagine a vibrant political world, free of our most extreme and violent excesses and iniquities? Can we not accomplish this by supporting the only permanent international criminal court without sacrificing that political power necessary for any country to provide its people a dignified existence? Are the political powers we judge indispensable to the preservation of that dignity and the Right to Sovereign immunity one and the same thing? Under ordinary circumstances, perhaps the answer is yes, but surely not so if the country in question hosts or commits crimes whose description lies 'beyond the power of language to adequately portray.' Such an authority forfeits not only the dignity of its people, but every fibre of its legitimacy.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:McCormack, T
Keywords: International Criminal Court, international justice
Publisher: Monash University Publishing
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