Argument: ICC rules of war make war more tolerable and likely

Issue Report: International Criminal Court


Gary T. Dempsey. “Reasonable Doubt: The Case Against the Proposed International Criminal Court”. CATO Institute. 16 July 1998 – “there is no evidence that holding war crimes trials reduces the number of threats to international peace and security. If anything, the opposite is true: making war less atrocious makes it more likely. The creation of war crimes courts, he concludes, seems really ‘to have been aimed at making lawyers the ‘guardians’ of a violent society, in which war is all right as long as it is played by rules to which the concerned lawyers can agree.”