Beyond Impunity: Can International Criminal Justice Prevent Future Atrocities?

  title={Beyond Impunity: Can International Criminal Justice Prevent Future Atrocities?},
  author={Payam Akhavan},
  journal={American Journal of International Law},
  pages={7 - 31}
  • Payam Akhavan
  • Published 1 January 2001
  • Political Science
  • American Journal of International Law
Although still in the early stages of their institutional life, die International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and for Rwanda (ICTR) provide a unique empirical basis for evaluating the impact of international criminaljustice on postconflict peace building. The pursuit of justice may be dismissed as a well-intentioned, but futile, ritualistic attempt to restore equilibrium to a moral universe overwhelmed by evil. Moreover, measuring the capacity of punishment to prevent… 

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