The International Criminal Court is the first permanent international court established to try individuals for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. It began operation in 2002 with the goal of prosecuting those crimes in situations where the country in which the crimes occurred is unwilling or unable to perform the judicial procedure itself.
Since then, it has made great strides toward these goals, both in the tangible and the symbolic. It has successfully generated two convictions and continues to operate at maximum capacity, with a full load of cases on its desk. Further, it stands as a threat of accountability; letting leaders know that a court of justice is waiting for them should they commit a crime under ICC jurisdiction.
However, there are still challenges the Court faces regularly. The United States revoked its signature on the Court’s treaty in 2002 and has passed legislation prohibiting cooperation with the Court in many respects. In addition, the ICC continues to be underfunded and has had difficulty encouraging its members to apprehend people with arrest warrants issued against them.
The purpose of this website is to inform the reader about the International Criminal Court – its successes, its failures, its areas for improvement, and other relevant information.
I also have a petition which urges President Obama to reactivate the American signature on the Court’s statute.