Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Are We Asking Too Much of the International Criminal Court?


Alumni Webinar Series 2018

Start Date

23rd Aug 2018 12:00pm

End Date

23rd Aug 2018 1:00pm



International Criminal Court

Presented by

Professor Tim McCormack
Dean, University of Tasmania Law School

Every decision the ICC Prosecutor takes is contested - too soft on States/too hard on States; politically motivated/naïve about the political implications of her decisions; favouring the powerful States/not taking the interests of powerful States seriously enough.

All criticisms, even diametrically opposed criticisms, have some substantive basis even if we disagree with them. Expectations of the institution of the Court have never been higher and yet the limitations - particularly to the Court's jurisdiction - have never been more exposed.

As we mark the 20th anniversary of the opening for signature of the Rome Statute to establish the Court (17 July 2018), it is an opportune time to reflect on the institution of the Court, its major achievements to date and some of the critical challenges it faces in the next critical phase of its history.

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