The Lubanga Verdict: A Milestone for International Criminal Law in Central Africa and Around the World
ABA International Law News, v. 41, Issue 3, 28-30 (Summer 2012)
5 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2015
Date Written: June 10, 2012
The ICC is one of many institutions on local, regional, and international levels working to end impunity for the most heinous atrocity crimes in the hope of fostering the possibility for peace and security in war-torn nations. Although the ICC cannot accomplish these goals alone, its proceedings play an integral role in potentially deterring future crimes. In the DRC, there is anecdotal evidence that warlords are aware of Lubanga’s prosecution in The Hague, as well as the possibility of their own prosecutions. Others who seek to use force to accomplish their objectives, particularly those who use children to carry out their efforts, are now aware that they cannot commit such crimes with impunity.
Future trials at the ICC must learn from the Lubanga proceedings to ensure that justice is delivered in a timelier manner. As a very new international organization just a decade in the making, the ICC can savor its first judgment and look towards continued acceptance among the various nation states. Both the rewards and the missteps of the first case at the ICC show that the ICC’s goals of establishing accountability, fighting against impunity, and delivering justice for victims of the most heinous atrocity crimes are successfully underway.
JEL Classification: K14, K33
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