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Failure Is a Growth Industry at the ICC



By Shawn Macomber • Lawfare Tyranny

Steven Freeland, a professor of international law at the University of Western Sydney, has studied the current track record of the International Criminal Court — i.e. thirteen years, a billion dollars, two convictions of obscure African warlords, pure impotence everywhere else — and decided it is time to add a new task to the aspiring transnational behemoth’s plate.

Specifically, he would like to see the ICC’s founding document, the Rome Statue, amended to allow the Court to prosecute “rampant and excessive environmental damage during armed conflict.”

Here’s what Freeland had to say about the enterprise to Lawyers Weekly:

Those who engage in warfare have to recognize that, of course, we must always take every necessary action to minimize damage and suffering to human beings, but that in no way means that the environment is open slather.

I suppose if this all works out environmentalists can get behind womenKurds, and many others in the long line of victims waiting for the ICC to fail them.