The U.S. and the International Criminal Court (ICC) Argumentative Essay by Peter Pen

The U.S. and the International Criminal Court (ICC)
This paper argues against the United States of America becoming part of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
# 65843 | 1,480 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2006
Published on May 21, 2006 in Law (International) , English (Argument) , International Relations (General)

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This paper explains that, although the International Criminal Court (ICC) stands, complementary to national criminal jurisdictions, to prosecute heinous criminals of international concern, the United States would lose much of its sovereignty if it signed onto the ICC. The author points out that not only would American soldiers and politicians be breached of their sovereignty when they travel abroad, but also the court is flawed and has many weaknesses, which need to be worked out. The paper stresses that this rejection of membership in the ICC does not imply that the U.S. does not care about persons affected by war crimes or that it opposes prosecuting war criminals; the U.S. is well known to have led efforts in taking legal action among such individuals such as Slobodan Milosevic. Annotated bibliography.

From the Paper:

"The hopes of the ICC are to "render accountable the perpetrators of the worst atrocities, and to deter future abuses." Imagine an operational body that might have brought to justice such historical tyrants as Hitler, Stalin, or even Chairman Mao for their known acts of violence. As it stands now, the ICC is committed to holding individuals accountable and is currently investigating war criminals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, and Sudan. The essential issue here is best described by Jamie Mayerfeld, "how can the world institute the global enforcement of fundamental human rights in a manner that is fair and accurate and that does not inflame international tensions" (94)? The Rome Statue draws out an excellent definition of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity but the lack of a global agreement on human rights blocks the ICC from becoming universally acceptable."

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