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back in july 1998, when 120 states adopted the treaty establishing the world’s first permanent International Criminal Court, I cheered along with the rest of the human rights movement. We were all hopeful that the ICC could start actually to enforce international humanitarian law. And we were delighted that-unlike the two ad hoc courts created in The Hague in response to crises in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda-the ICC would be free of UN security council politicking.

My view of the ICC has changed. Though I still occupy the seat I’ve had for nearly a decade on an advisory board…

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