Monday, July 23, 2012

'Nuff said

(Taking context-optional note of thought-provoking quotes)
'Ensuring accountability for serious international crimes is neither cheap nor fast. These cases are complex. Their integrity and credibility depend on the highest standards of justice and fairness. In addition, the success of international criminal justice depends upon the co-operation of states: in funding; in providing evidence and facilitating witnesses; in surrendering suspects; and in providing prisons. Thus, in as far as it depends on the political will of states, the system of international criminal justice remains fragile.'
–  Patricia O'Brien (above), Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel, in "Impunity over for heinous crimes against humanity," an op-ed just published in The Irish Times, O'Brien's hometown paper in her previous position as Legal Adviser for Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs. (Her IntLawGrrls contribution, posted this past April, is here.) The commentary celebrates the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court – yet also, as the quote above indicates, urges states and others to shoulder their respective burdens in order to assure the ICC's success. Coming within weeks of the release of ICC staffers from prolonged detention in Libya, and amid chronic news of atrocities in Syria, O'Brien's message is most timely. (credit for March 2012 photo courtesy of American Society of International Law)

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