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Who's afraid of the International Criminal Court


McCormack, T, Who's afraid of the International Criminal Court, Who's afraid of international law?, Monash University Publishing, R Gaita, G Simpson (ed), Australia, pp. 43-76. ISBN 978-1-925377-00-2 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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Is it not possible for us to imagine a vibrant political world, free of our most extreme and violent excesses and iniquities? Can we not accomplish this by supporting the only permanent international criminal court without sacrificing that political power necessary for any country to provide its people a dignified existence? Are the political powers we judge indispensable to the preservation of that dignity and the Right to Sovereign immunity one and the same thing? Under ordinary circumstances, perhaps the answer is yes, but surely not so if the country in question hosts or commits crimes whose description lies 'beyond the power of language to adequately portray.' Such an authority forfeits not only the dignity of its people, but every fibre of its legitimacy.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:International Criminal Court, international justice
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:International and comparative law
Research Field:International criminal law
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Criminal justice
UTAS Author:McCormack, T (Professor Tim McCormack)
ID Code:124666
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2018-03-02
Last Modified:2018-05-17

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