The ICC is NOT a Slice of Cheese
Forthcoming, Journal of International Criminal Justice, iCourts Working Paper Series No. 184
22 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2020
Date Written: December 18, 2019
My friend Jakob Holtermann compared the International Criminal Court (ICC) to a slice of swiss cheese. The metaphor is meant to indicate that the ICC operates as a filter that would deter some of the criminals left undeterred by national criminal law systems, which is true. But the metaphor also suggests that the ICC would only deter extra criminals and would not damage the deterrence achieved by preceding filters, which is false. This paper explains why.
Keywords: International Criminal Court, Deterrence, Complementarity
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