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International Justice and the International Criminal Court: Between Sovereignty and the Rule of Law

Bruce Broomhall


Since the Nuremberg Trials of top Nazi leaders following the Second World War, international law has affirmed that no-one, whatever their rank or office, is above accountability for their crimes. Yet the Cold War put geopolitical agendas ahead of effective action against war crimes and major human rights abuses, and no permanent system to address impunity was put in place. It was only with the Cold War's end that governments turned again to international institutions to address impunity, first by establishing International Criminal Tribunals to prosecute genocide, war crimes, and crimes agains ... More

Keywords: accountability, human rights abuses, International Criminal Tribunals, Augusto Pinochet, international criminal law, ICC

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199274246
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274246.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bruce Broomhall, author
Lecturer in public international law at Central European University in Budapest, and Senior Legal Officer for International Justice with the Open Society Justice Initiative.