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Peace and Justice at the International Criminal Court

A Court of Last Resort Errol P. Mendes, Professor of Law, University of Ottawa, Canada
This authoritative book addresses the greatest challenge facing the International Criminal Court since its historic establishment in 1998: reconciling the demand for justice for the most serious crimes known to humanity with the promotion of sustainable peace in conflict areas around the world.
Extent: 224 pp
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Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 978 1 84844 835 3
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Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 978 1 84980 382 3
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  • Law - Academic
  • Human Rights
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Human Rights
  • International Politics
This authoritative book addresses the greatest challenge facing the International Criminal Court since its historic establishment in 1998: reconciling the demand for justice for the most serious crimes known to humanity with the promotion of sustainable peace in conflict areas around the world.

In describing and analyzing this challenge, Errol Mendes demonstrates that the Court is a product of centuries of global efforts to integrate peace with justice. Focusing on two important prosecutions involving indictments of the president and other senior officials of Sudan and a savage rebel group in Northern Uganda, the author argues that the choice between peace and justice is not a zero sum game. Based on knowledge and experience obtained during his time as a visiting professional at the Court, the author combines insights from Court leaders with his own analysis in his call for greater international cooperation with the Court in fulfilling its mandate and overcoming other obstacles that threaten its work into the future.

Scholars and students of criminal justice, international studies, political science and human rights, as well as civil society groups, government officials and those working with international justice organizations, will find in this book a unique and sophisticated perspective on this complex dilemma.
‘Professor Errol Mendes’ recent book is infused with a conviction that the ICC continues to have a central role to play in the global fight against impunity. . . Mendes charts the progress of the ICC with meticulous detail that is informed by his direct experience. These are momentous times for the International Criminal Court, which at the time of writing, is nearing the end of its first decade and on the eve of handing down its first ever judgement in The Prosecutor v. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo. This book will be an asset to anyone who seeks to familiarise themselves with the history and trajectory of the ICC or with an interest in broader issues of international criminal justice.’
– Hin-yan Liu, Asian Journal of Criminology

‘This work is highly recommended for its fair examination and subsequent refutation of the court’s most common criticisms, and the detailed review of its first several indictments. . . Highly recommended’
– N.N. Haanstad, Choice

‘Errol Mendes spent nearly a year as a Visiting Professional with the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. This has given him a unique perspective and some special insight into the big situations confronting the Court, including Darfur, Palestine and Uganda.’
– William A. Schabas, Middlesex University, London, UK
Contents: Preface 1. The Court as Offspring of Centuries of Peace with Justice 2. Is it Peace or Justice that Ends the Alleged First Genocide of the 21st Century? 3. Is it Peace, Justice or a Military Solution in the Tragedy of Northern Uganda? 4. Reconciling Peace with Justice in the ICC through Positive International Complementarity 5. The Future of the Court: Reassuring Africa, Investigating Gaza, Integrating America and Seeking Help from Global Finance Index