Peace and Justice at the International Criminal Court
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Peace and Justice at the International Criminal Court

A Court of Last Resort, Second Edition

Errol P. Mendes

This book focuses on how the International Criminal Court seeks accountability for the most serious crimes. Errol P. Mendes dives deep into the facts and rulings of the Court that involved some of the most serious conflicts in recent times to demonstrate that justice is critical for sustainable peace. What results is a detailed but honest critique of where the Court succeeds and where it needs to improve. The author goes on to provide a prediction of the greatest challenges facing the Court in the foreseeable future. This book is a valuable resource for academics and students in international criminal law and practice, public international relations, political science, military and, war studies etc.
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Chapter 6: The greatest global challenges facing the Court: from Africa, Gaza and Afghanistan to dealing with the hypocrisy of the UN Security Council

Errol P. Mendes


Regarding the greatest global challenges facing the Court the chapter focuses on the unfounded allegation by African states and the African Union of bias against Africa and improperly prosecuting African leaders. The withdrawals of some African states and the unsuccessful attempt by the African Union to cause a mass withdrawal of African member states continues to be a potential threat to the Court. Likewise, the preliminary examination of the situations in Gaza and Afghanistan could lead to an investigation and prosecution of Israeli, Palestinian and possibly US military officials for serious crimes. The chapter details how the Court can develop a prosecution strategy that prevents a major backlash against the Court by the most powerful non-member states. The chapter describes how the UN Security Council refers major situations to the Court and then fails to provide essential support, including failure to assist with bringing indicted persons before the Court.

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