Argument: ICC causes tyrants to cling to power to avoid prosecution

Issue Report: International Criminal Court


“U.S. Policy Regarding the International Criminal Court”. Congressional Research Service. 29 Aug. 2006 – “[Some] argue that the perception of U.S. commitment to the rule of law has little effect on countries where human rights abuses are most rampant. Despots like Cambodia’s Pol Pot or Iraq’s Saddam Hussein have not weighed possible future legal ramifications before committing massive crimes.98 Under this view, the establishment of the ICC might have the unintended effect of hardening the resolve of ruthless tyrants who may feel they have nothing to gain by giving up their power.”