Book review: The threnody of international criminal justice: Gabriel M Lentner, The UN Security Council and the International Criminal Court: The Referral Mechanism in Theory and Practice (Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham 2018) 240 pp.
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Gabriel M Lentner's analytically insightful monograph tells a familiar tale about international law: the unstoppable force of the ideals underpinning international law meeting the immoveable object that is the power politics of international relations. A persistent problem of international law is that its ideals are often stymied by the realpolitik interests of powerful states. In international human rights law, for instance, enforcement mechanisms are weakened by States’ reluctance to be bound by rights that contravene their interests.1 More controversially, the United States’ violation of the United Nations (UN) Convention Against Torture in its fight against terrorism2

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