A Quoi Sert la Justice Pénale Internationale? (What is International Criminal Justice For?)
Annuaire Français de Relations Internationales, 2011
17 Pages Posted: 14 Oct 2012
Date Written: 2011
This article argues that international criminal tribunals cannot avoid the question of their justification, and in particular their justification in terms of results. However, these results are shown to be inherently ambiguous. The article traces this ambiguity to a series a tensions: between tribunals' criminal nature and the complex political character of the acts they judge; between their international nature and the national source of much of what comes before them; and, finally, between their purportedly judicial nature and the highly political nature of the universes that surrounds them.
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Keywords: international criminal justice, international criminal court
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