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ICC Turns Ten: A Measure Of Justice

Publication Date: 
May 30, 2012
The Huffington Post
Kip Hale

Stanford Law School is mentioned in the following Huffington Post article by Kip Hale covering the tenth anniversary of the International Criminal Court.

Fortunately, the reason for Memorial Day in the United States is not overlooked. Celebrations tend not to overshadow the fact that this holiday is a day of remembrance for the millions of individuals who serve the United States, and sadly, the millions that have died for the United States. It honors those living and those departed so they themselves, their sacrifice, and the reasons for their sacrifice are not forgotten. Some of the reasons that they served were to protect and uphold our most sacred values and principles, such as "peace," "security," "rule of law," and "justice." These same principles reside by word and sentiment in America's most cherished documents: the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

These precise words and sentiments are also found in the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the first permanent international tribunal created to prosecute genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. On July 1, 2012, the ICC celebrates its tenth anniversary. All three of these documents share a gravity of purpose and achievement, each breaking new ground in order to attain the previously unthinkable.


The assortment of opinions and analyses of the ICC will continue through this year of reflection, and this exercise is to be embraced. The first milestone anniversary of the Court offers an important opportunity for ICC stakeholders to convene and have honest discussion about where the Court succeeded, and where more work is to be done. The recent Stanford Law School's Conference on the tenth Anniversary of the ICC was the first such conference in the United States where frank conversation could occur. This conference entitled "ICC Turns Ten: Reviewing the Past, Assessing the Future" brought together an impressive lineup of panelists from the ICC's principal organs -- the Presidency, the Registry, and the Office of the Prosecutor -- as well as from the United States government, academia, and civil society.