n Acta Juridica - International criminal law, the International Criminal Court and civil society

Volume 2016 Number 1
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I was an international criminal lawyer and supporter of an international criminal court before this became fashionable. In the 1980s I used to meet with a group of other idealists at the Institute of International Criminal Law in Siracusa, Italy, under the guidance of the father of modern international criminal law, Cherif Bassiouni, and dream aloud about the creation of an international criminal court which would bring international justice to the world. Little did we realise then that within 15 years this dream would become a reality. Still less did we think that within 25 five years this dream would become a nightmare. My paper is about this history of international criminal law; about hopes realised and hopes destroyed.

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