Is the Icc Still Having Teething Problems?

Posted: 29 Feb 2008

Date Written: July 2006


The world community had, and still has, high expectations for the impartial rendering of justice by the International Criminal Court (ICC) which, unlike other international criminal tribunals, bears a universal scope and is charged with administering justice in a non-selective manner. However, the first situations brought before the Court and their handling by the Prosecutor give rise to a number of concerns. The practice of self-referrals by states involved in civil wars, who tend to accuse their rebel enemies, may cause misgivings. In addition, the overly cautious attitude of the Prosecutor with regard to the situation in Darfur, referred to him by the UN Security Council, cannot fail to baffle all those who take the cause of effective and expeditious justice to heart.

Suggested Citation

Cassese, Antonio, Is the Icc Still Having Teething Problems? (July 2006). Journal of International Criminal Justice, Vol. 4, Issue 3, pp. 434-441, 2006, Available at SSRN: or

Antonio Cassese (Contact Author)

University of Florence ( email )

Piazza di San Marco, 4
Florence, 50121

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