Program on International Justice

In the wake of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, there is a clear need for effective systems of national and international justice and accountability. Made possible by the generous support of the MacArthur Foundation, the CFR Program on International Justice examines the work of international criminal tribunals, including the International Criminal Court, and issues such as universal jurisdiction. The program is directed by Adjunct Senior Fellows John B. Bellinger III and Matthew C. Waxman. The program published a special report to prepare for the International Criminal Court's seven year review conference, which took place in Kampala, Uganda, in 2010. In 2011, the program produced a special report that recognizes the limitations of current Hague-based international justice systems and provides a strategy for promoting national-level justice and accountability mechanisms to prosecute perpetrators of mass atrocity crimes.

Subprojects

Council Special Report on the Seven Year Review Conference for the International Criminal Court

Director: John B. Bellinger III, Adjunct Senior Fellow for International and National Security Law
January 25, 2010—April 30, 2010

The United States faces a series of difficult policy and strategic questions with respect to its participation in the upcoming International Criminal court (ICC) Review Conference at Kampala, Uganda. The conference will consider the addition of the definition of the crime of aggression as well as a restriction on the rights of states to opt out of the Court's jurisdiction over war crimes. The conference may also consider proposals that the United States strongly opposed in the 1998 Rome negotiations. This Council Special Report will recommend primary and secondary objectives for the United States at the conference and suggest steps the Obama administration should take to best empower American negotiators to achieve those objectives.

Publications

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Meetings

The Future of International Justice

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A Conversation with Luis Moreno-Ocampo

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A Conversation with Serge Brammertz

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Sudan at the Crossroads: A Trip Report

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U.S. Policy Toward the Upcoming International Criminal Court Review Conference

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The History of the Rome Conference Negotiations and Implications for the Kampala Review Conference

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The History of the Rome Conference Negotiations and Implications for the Kampala Review Conference

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Pursuing International Justice: A Conversation with Luis Moreno-Ocampo

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International Criminal Tribunals - Lessons from Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Cambodia

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The International Criminal Court and the Crime of Aggression

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