March/April 2006 pp. 22-24,26,28
In a 2006 article entitled “International Courts” (Foreign Policy, Vol. 85, no. 2, pp. 22-24, 26, 28) Helena Cobban, Columnist for the Christian Science Monitor and an author of the Transitional Justice Forum Blog, states her thesis:
“Criminal tribunals in places such as Rwanda and former Yugoslavia were supposed to bring justice to oppressed peoples. Instead, they have squandered billions of dollars, failed to advance human rights, and ignored the wishes of the victims they claim to represent. It’s time to abandon the false hope to international justice.”According to the book of Building the International Criminal Court by Benjamin N. Schiff the definition of International Criminal Courts is “This first and only permanent international criminal court intends to counter impunity by prosecuting the perpetrators of genocide, crime against humanity, and war crimes. It seeks to deter depredations against citizens in violent conflicts and to contribute to justice, peace, political transition, and reconstruction”(1). Another definition of ICC is “Brings individuals to trial who commit large-scale political crimes – genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Building on the UN's special tribunals and on new legal precedents of universal jurisdiction, the ICC takes an important step towards global accountability for all, including political and military leaders” (2).The thesis given by the author is simply rebuffing all the claims as to what is the true purpose and significance of international courts as to the article she has written but many scholars like according to Prof. Dr. W. Bruggeman “International justice has been elevated to the next level by the establishment of the International Criminal Court”(3) which basically is the opposite of Helen Cobban’s claim making their ideas conflict with each other. International court is a very important institution of the... [continues]
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