15 Nov Bellinger on International Criminal Justice
The State Department has posted John Bellinger’s recent speech at the Fletcher School on international criminal justice. It is well worth a read, because it quite rightly highlights the US’s many important contributions — past and present — to international criminal justice. That said, the speech regrettably dusts off all of the US’s tired objections to the ICC: not giving the Security Council (and the US, with its permanent veto) control over the ICC’s docket, not exempting Americans from the territorial jurisdiction of the Court, etc. It also contains a few assertions that I think are unsupportable, such as Bellinger’s claim that the Bush administration’s “unsigning” of the Rome Statute was not “a confrontational… rejection of the ICC,” but simply a mild-mannered attempt to clarify the US’s legal obligations toward the Court. Anyone want to buy a nice bridge?
The text of the speech is available here.