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Response: Strengthening Justice for Victims Through Complementarity

Editor's Note: This post is part of our Joint Symposium with Justice in Conflict on Human Rights Watch's Report, Pressure Point: The ICC's Impact on National Justice  Many thanks to the editors and the contributors for making this online symposium possible. Our primary goal with Pressure Point was to identify whether and how the Office of the Prosecutor at the ICC could become more effective in pursuing its policy goal of encouraging national prosecutions through engagement at the preliminary examination stage. But we also hoped that Pressure Point could play a role in bringing broader awareness about this dimension of the prosecutor’s work, and to stimulate others to consider how they might be able to contribute to efforts to spur national prosecutions as part of expanding the reach of justice. In this response, we address some key areas of agreement among the contributors while also addressing some differences in perspective or conclusions. As we make clear in the report and as Emeric…

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The Ethos of “Positive Complementarity”

Editor's Note:This post is part of our Joint Symposium with Justice in Conflict on Human Rights Watch's Report, Pressure Point: The ICC's Impact on National Justice  I am grateful to Dapo Akande and Mark Kersten for their invitation to contribute to this “symposium” on HRW’s valuable report on the impact…

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A Complementarity Toolkit?

Editor's Note: This post is part of our Joint Symposium with Justice in Conflict on Human Rights Watch's Report, Pressure Point: The ICC's Impact on National Justice  In the long-term, bolstering national proceedings is crucial in the fight against impunity for the most serious crimes, and is fundamental to hopes…

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Complementarity (in)action in the UK?

Editor's Note: This post is part of our Joint Symposium with Justice in Conflict on Human Rights Watch's Report, Pressure Point: The ICC's Impact on National Justice  In response to the 2014 re-opening of an International Criminal Court (ICC) preliminary examination into…

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The ICC’s Impact on National Justice: Can the ICC Prosecutor Catalyze Domestic Cases?

Editor's Note: This post is part of our Joint Symposium with Justice in Conflict on Human Rights Watch's Report, Pressure Point: The ICC's Impact on National Justice  The International Criminal Court (ICC) is a court of last resort. Under the court’s treaty, the Rome Statute, which marks its 20th anniversary…

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