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Joshua Rozenberg
Wednesday 22nd July 2009
Prosecutor Accused of Putting Court's Integrity at Risk

Standpoint readers may not know of my concerns about the International Criminal Court. Established by the Rome Treaty 11 years ago, the ICC has yet to conclude its first trial.  Worse than that, the court is at risk of being politicised by a prosecutor who is entirely unsuited to the job.

My most recent piece on this subject appeared in the Law Society Gazette in May. In June, Luis Moreno-Ocampo denied my accusation that he was politicising his court. You can listen to my interview with him here

Despite that, the concerns I expressed are reinforced by a New York-based lawyer in this comment piece.

Moreno-Ocampo has now spent nearly six months "considering" a proposition related to Israeli military operations in Gaza that any first-year law student would have rejected in an afternoon. The longer this goes on, the weaker his court becomes.

And what do we hear from the NGOs that effectively created the court? Still the same deafening silence.

 
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Joshua Rozenberg is an independent legal commentator who presents Law in Action on BBC Radio 4.

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