International Criminal Justice: State of Play

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School for International Studies, Simon Fraser University. 2015. International Criminal Justice: State of Play. March 19-20, 2015. Conference Report. Vancouver: Simon Fraser University. Available at:

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international criminal justice
International Criminal Court (ICC)
Rome Statute
civil war
war crimes
political violence
Louise Arbour

Fifteen years after the passage of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), we stand at several crossroads. Support for personal criminal responsibility for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes remains robust in many parts of the world, yet the ICC faces considerable obstacles and universal jurisdiction of national courts is in a period of retrenchment Although general amnesties are no longer the standard fare of negotiated peace agreements, realistic accountability measures are difficult to enact, more so even to implement. Contributors to this report include distinguished legal practitioners, scholars, and international activists who seek to utilize or challenge the viability of the concept of criminal liability for large-scale acts of political violence. Among the topics they address are the underlying assumptions of international justice (ICJ), empirical evidence of ICJ's effectiveness, challenges of enforcement, politics of opposition to ICJ, and possibilities for reform.


This is a report on the conference on International Criminal Justice, held March 19-20, 2015 at Simon Fraser University.

Report contents:

Panel I: Critical Evaluations of the Underlying Assumptions of International Justice
Panel II: Empirical Evidence on the Functioning of International Justice
Panel III: The Politics of Opposition to International Justice
Panel IV: Challenges of Enforcing International Justice
Panel V: Possibilities for Reforming the Current System of International Justice
Panel VI: Novel Uses of International Justice
Panel VII: Tensions between International Justice and Other Goals

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Louise Arbour
Onur Bakiner
Nicole Barrett
Rex Brynen
Rachel A. Cichowski
Alexander Dawson
Richard A. Falk
Georgette Gagnon
Hyeran Jo
Fannie Lafontaine
Bridget Marchesi
Tim McCormack
Diane F. Orentlicher
David Petrasek
Jennifer A. Quaid
Ruben Reike
Ali A. Rizvi
Sheri Rosenberg
William Schabas
Beth A. Simmons
Jennifer Allen Simons
Izabela Steflja
James G. Stewart
James K. Stewart
Stephen J. Toope
Castro Wesamba
School for International Studies, Simon Fraser University
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