Accessible Judgments as a Practical Means to Reengage African Interest and Salvage the International Criminal Court
Author Draft; subsequently published in African Journal of International Criminal Justice, v. 1, 6-46 (2015), ISSN:2352-068X
41 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2015
Date Written: June 2, 2015
To ensure its continued viability, the International Criminal Court must find “practical” ways to appeal to its African (and global) audience, options that do not require substantial additional funding or revisions to the Rome Statute while remaining true to fundamental principles of international justice. Subject to such limitations, this paper examines the “end product” of the ICC – the judgments produced by the Court to date. Unfortunately, these opinions are virtually incomprehensible to any but a few specially trained, highly interested stakeholders. They are extraordinarily complex, excessively lengthy, and fail to emphasize or address issues that are clearly important to the audiences in states where atrocities have occurred. This paper reviews existing judgments and provides suggestions for future improvements, thereby increasing accessibility to African leadership, civil society organizations, and the public at large. Such considerations (and/or others of a similar nature), if implemented, will contribute to increased legitimacy and, consequently, the long-term impact and relevancy of the Court.
JEL Classification: K14, K33
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