International Criminal Court

The UN Security Council resolution referring the situation in Libya since 15 February to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court is, of course, to be welcomed. But I don’t suppose Muammar Gaddafi will lose much sleep over resolution 1970, adopted unanimously last night.

My piece in the latest print edition of Standpoint explores the structural failures of the International Criminal Court in the light of its most notorious trial.

My article in today’s Law Society Gazette reviews a new book on feminist judgments and mentions one of the reasons why people of the opposite sex are now campaigning for the right to register a civil partnership in preference to marriage — something that the law does not, at present, permit.

‘After seven years, the International Criminal Court prosecutor has yet to secure a single conviction—or even an acquittal’

‘It is critical to the success of the International Criminal Court that its judges are fearlessly independent’

Delays and lengthy hearings are a “corrosive” problem for courts set up by states to try alleged war criminals, according to Britain’s judge at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

The first – and, so far, the only – trial at the International Criminal Court has run into yet more problems. As a result, the defence case will not open next week, as had been planned, and a verdict seems unlikely before next year.

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.

‘Ten years ago, I was in favour of an international criminal court. I was naive’

‘Few opinion-shapers in the West feel outraged enough to condemn it, let alone grasp what is at stake in the Hariri tribunal’