Judging the International Criminal Court

Judging the International Criminal Court

The indictment of the president of Sudan for crimes again humanity has the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the spotlight and it's ratcheted up arguments about the ICC in the court of public opinion. Can the scales of justice balance the pursuit of peace with the need to punish war criminals? 

The International Criminal Court (ICC) slapped Omar Al Bashir with war crimes charges, and he’s reacted with contempt. There are objections that throwing the book at him might sentence the people of Sudan to more chaos and conflict. The defense for the court rests on the notion justice cannot wait for peace—and no one should get away with crimes against humanity.

In 1998, 121 countries reached a historic verdict and established the ICC. But the jury is still out on whether the ICC can bring war criminals to justice and heal the wounds of conflict. In this program we hear the arguments for and against creating the court and the trials of handing down international justice from The Hague, Uganda and the former Yugoslavia.

Executive Producer: Aaron Lobel / AAM Producers: Monica Bushman, Sean D. Carberry, Matt Ozug, Monica Villavicencio and Chris Williams / Interns: Megan Nemeh, Nadia Shairzay and Ann Thomas / Special thanks to Flawn Williams and Sam Gummah / Photo: Javier Barrera, Matt Ozug. 


Field Report from Uganda 2009

Matt Ozug travels to Uganda to uncover local opinions about the International Criminal Court's (ICC) indictment of Joseph Kony, the ruthless leader of the Lord's Resistance Army.
Guests: Sam Lokung, counselor at World Vision in Gulu, Uganda; Gulu Archbishop John Baptist Odama; John Wilson Ojok, former camp commander for Pa Bo, Uganda's largest internally displaced persons camp; and Jimmy Otim, field outreach assistant with the ICC.

The History of International Criminal Tribunals

Ray Suarez traces the history of international criminal tribunals, from Nuremburg to the ICC.
Guest: Gary Bass, Professor of International Affairs at Princeton University and author of Stay the Hand of Vengeance: The Politics of War Crimes Tribunals.

Field report from The Hague and the Balkans

Deborah Amos travels to The Hague and to the Balkans to examine whether the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has succeeded in administering justice and healing the wounds of ethnic conflict.
Guests: Serge Brammertz, Chief Prosecutor for the ICTY; Richard Dicker, head of the International Justice Program at Human Rights Watch; Rafiq Hodjic, Outreach Coordinator for the International Tribunal in Sarajevo; Mirko Klarin, executive editor of Sense News Agency; and Natasha Kandic, Director of the Humanitarian Law Center in Belgrade.

America's relationship with the Court

Ray Suarez hosts a discussion about the ICC's effectiveness and America's relationship with the Court.
Guests: John Bellinger, former Legal Adviser to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Leslie Vinjamuri, Assistant Professor of Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.