The Future of International Justice

Mark Vlasic, previously a prosecution attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague and a trainer for the Iraqi judges in the Saddam Hussein trial, and Jerry Fowler, the staff director of the Committee on Conscience, a group dedicated to genocide prevention at the Holocaust Museum, spoke on the future of international justice. Vlasic discussed the history of war crimes tribunals, and the investigations that are ongoing, the types of crimes prosecuted by tribunals, before finishing with a discussion of the reasons that war crimes tribunals were created. Fowler spoke on current U.S policy towards the ICC, and on the future of war crimes prosecutions and international justices. War crimes tribunals investigate and prosecute perpetrators of war crimes and genocide in order to achieve a sense of justice sometimes necessary for post-conflict reconciliation. Some countries, however, do not have the resources to create domestic war crimes tribunals and turn to the international community for help. The question remains: what is the future of international justice, and could it possibly help prevent massive war crimes and genocide?

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