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    Schwöbel, Christine E. J. 2013. The Comfort of International Criminal Law. Law and Critique, Vol. 24, Issue. 2, p. 169.


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  • Print publication year: 2012
  • Online publication date: July 2015

15 - Justifying justice

from Part IV - Projects of international law
Summary

Until lions have their own historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter. (Ibo proverb)

Sudan, December 2008

In a camp for displaced persons in Darfur, children have tied a cord around a hedgehog’s neck. ‘This is President Bashir and we are taking him to the International Criminal Court.’ Awaiting the BBC and CNN, spokespersons for the displaced chant: ‘We need NATO, the EU and the ICC.’ Tribal leaders, asked why they no longer use traditional justice mechanisms, explain: ‘This is genocide and only the International Criminal Court can address genocide.’ New-born boys have been named ‘Ocambo’, after the Court’s Prosecutor. Bolstered by ‘brother’ Ocampo’s request for an arrest warrant for the Sudanese President on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, one of the rebel movements has launched an attack on the Sudanese capital and another has refused to participate in peace talks, arguing that one should not negotiate with ‘war criminals’. The Sudanese government, in turn, publicly denounces the International Criminal Court (ICC). Driving from the airport into Khartoum one is greeted by enormous billboards showing a strong President and reading: ‘Ocampo’s Plot: A Malicious Move in the Siege’, ‘Protect the International Law from Ocampo’s Illusions’ and ‘No for the Oppression of Peoples under the Name of International Law!’

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I. Tallgren , 1999. ‘We Did It? The Vertigo of Law and Everyday Life at the Diplomatic Conference on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court’, Leiden Journal of International Law, 12, 683–707

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P. Allott , 2002. The Health of Nations: Society and Law beyond the State, Cambridge University Press

K. Anderson , 2009. ‘The Rise of International Criminal Law: Intended and Unintended Consequences’, European Journal of International Law, 20, 331–358

, 1996. ‘Human Rights in Peace Negotiations’, Human Rights Quarterly, 18, 249–258

K. M. Clarke , 2009. Fictions of Justice: The ICC and the Challenge of Legal Pluralism in Sub-Saharan Africa, Cambridge University Press

R. Cryer , 2010. ‘Book Review: H. Verrijn Stuart and M. Simons (eds.), The Prosecutor and the Judge: Benjamin Ferencz and Antonio Cassese: Interviews and Writings’, Journal of Conflict & Security Law, 15, 203–207

A. de Waal , 2010. ‘The Humanitarians’ Tragedy: Escapable and Inescapable Cruelties’, Disasters, 34, 130–137

D. Kennedy , 2004. The Dark Sides of Virtue: Reassessing International Humanitarianism, Princeton University Press

M. Koskenniemi , 2002. ‘Between Impunity and Show Trials’, Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law, 6, 1–35

M. Koskenniemi , 2004. ‘International Law and Hegemony: A Reconfiguration’, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 17, 197–218

S. Nouwen and W. Werner , 2011, ‘Doing Justice to the Political: The International Criminal Court in Uganda and Sudan’, European Journal of International Law, 21, 941–965

D. Orentlicher , 1991. ‘Settling Accounts: The Duty to Prosecute Human Rights Violations of a Prior Regime’, Yale Law Journal, 100, 2537–2615

C. Romano , A. Nollkaemper and J. Kleffner , 2004. Internationalized Criminal Courts and Tribunals: Sierra Leone, East Timor, Kosovo and Cambodia, Oxford University Press

P. Sands , 2003. (ed.), From Nuremberg to The Hague: The Future of International Criminal Justice, Cambridge University Press

B. Swart and G. Sluiter , 1999. ‘The International Criminal Court and International Criminal Co-operation’, in H. A. M. von Hebel , J. G. Lammers and J. Schukking (eds.), Reflections on the International Criminal Court, The Hague: T. M. C. Asser Press, 91–127

I. Tallgren , 1999. ‘We Did It? The Vertigo of Law and Everyday Life at the Diplomatic Conference on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court’, Leiden Journal of International Law, 12, 683–707

I. Tallgren , 2002. ‘The Sensibility and Sense of International Criminal Law’, European Journal of International Law, 13, 561–595