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Diane Marie Amann

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Professor of International Law, UC Davis

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FEAR OF INTERNATIONAL TRYING: The International Criminal Court

with Abraham D. Sofaer, Diane Marie Amann, William Schabasvia Uncommon Knowledge
Saturday, April 22, 2000

In 1998, at an United Nations conference in Rome, 120 nations voted in favor of creating the International Criminal Court. Following the model of the Nuremburg and Tokyo war crimes tribunals after WWII, the ICC would hold individuals responsible for their roles in grave human rights violations, war crimes and genocide. Why was the United States one of only seven nations to vote against the ICC? Does the ICC go against American principles of international law or is the United States trying to hold itself above the law? What is the risk that American leaders will be tried before the Court?