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International Criminal Justice: State of Play

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Contributor: Louise Arbour
Contributor: Onur Bakiner
Contributor: Nicole Barrett
Contributor: Rex Brynen
Contributor: Rachel A. Cichowski
Contributor: Alexander Dawson
Contributor: Richard A. Falk
Contributor: Georgette Gagnon
Contributor: Hyeran Jo
Contributor: Fannie Lafontaine
Contributor: Bridget Marchesi
Contributor: Tim McCormack
Contributor: David Petrasek
Contributor: Jennifer A. Quaid
Contributor: Ruben Reike
Contributor: Ali A. Rizvi
Contributor: Sheri Rosenberg
Contributor: William Schabas
Contributor: Beth A. Simmons
Contributor: Izabela Steflja
Contributor: James G. Stewart
Contributor: James K. Stewart
Contributor: Stephen J. Toope
Contributor: Castro Wesamba
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 JusticePanel II: Empirical Evidence on the Functioning of International JusticePanel III: The Politics of Opposition to International JusticePanel IV: Challenges of Enforcing International JusticePanel V: Possibilities for Reforming the Current System of International JusticePanel VI: Novel Uses of International JusticePanel VII: Tensions between International Justice and Other Goals
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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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