Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Ambassador Hans Corell on Responsibility in International Criminal Justice

Ambassador Hans Corell of Sweden, the former Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and Legal Council of the United Nations, delivered the Dean Fred F. Herzog Memorial Lecture at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

It was an important speech in which Ambassador Corell called upon nations to assume a greater responsibility in international criminal justice.

Here are some excerpts from his talk:

 "If the officials who bear the greatest responsibility for international crimes committed in a particular situation are not brought to justice, this constitutes a clear risk not only for a continuation of the conflict at hand but also for breeding new conflicts in the future. There is also a growing realization that if officials at the highest level in a State are suspected of international crimes, these persons soon become a burden to their own country."

Click here for a full copy of his remarks, which should soon be published in The John Marshall Law Review.


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