The Promise and Perils of the Proposed International Criminal Court

Policy Forum
July 16, 1998 12:00PM
Hayek Auditorium
Featuring John Bolton, Former Assistant Secretary of State; Morton Halperin, Senior Vice President, Twentieth Century Fund; Stephen Rickard, Washington Office Director, Amnesty International USA; and Lee Casey, Attorney, Hunton & Williams.

On July 17, 1998, government representatives and non-governmental organizations from around the world will conclude a five-week conference in Rome aimed at finalizing a treaty establishing a permanent International Criminal Court (ICC). According to the ICC draft statute completed at the United Nations in April, the proposed criminal court will be empowered to prosecute persons charged with “the most serious crimes of concern to the international community,” including war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. Some proponents of the court want to add drug trafficking, environmental crimes, and aggression to the ICC’s jurisdiction.