Whatever direction US foreign policy takes come January, all eyes will be on the ICC to see how it adapts to these new challenges, and how it embraces the opportunities it is presented with. It must not grow complacent.
This week was a historic one in international justice. Over 20 years after the tragic massacre at Srebrenica in which over
New York federal courts have rattled nerves around the globe with recent decisions that impact far beyond US borders. Last month, an Eastern District jury verdict found a Jordanian bank responsible for terrorist financing.
Encouraging the Palestinians to accede to the ICC, which they have been eligible to do since attaining Observer State status at the UN in 2012, would introduce an accountability mechanism that would deter future violence. It would also provide an incentive for each side to stay at the negotiating table.
As the African Union summit in Addis heaped contempt on the International Criminal Court, it is unlikely its members reflected on how rarely they act to protect African civilians from mass atrocities committed by their own rulers.