Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Beyond Complementarity (cont’d)

Beyond Complementarity (cont’d) II. The Impact of the ICC on National Prosecutions No matter how well the ICC performs its tasks, national prosecutions will always be essential to the fight against impunity. The ICC Statute’s complementarity provisions recognize the importance of national trials, in both its complementarity rule and its provisions allowing the court to help local judiciaries.1 Yet because of its unique international profile and mandate, the Court can and should go farther. It should actively assist local judiciaries trying to prosecute human rights cases, and this assistance should be systematic and central to the Court’s work. This section will discuss why national prosecutions are essential, and analyze ways the ICC can maximize its support for these efforts. A. The Importance of National Prosecutions National prosecutions are important to international prosecutions because international courts can only prosecute a small […]

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