The International Criminal Court (ICC) seeks to end impunity for the atrocity crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and, eventually, crimes of aggression. My contribution to this discussion takes a consequentialist view to outline ethical hazards confronting the court. Since the ICC has only recently begun to operate, with its first suspect, Thomas Lubanga Dyilo of the Democratic Republic of Congo, arriving in The Hague in 2006 and his trial completed only in the fall of 2011 (and awaiting a verdict in 2012), it is too early to reach a general appraisal of the court's effects.
Benjamin Schiff is Williams-Smith Professor of Politics at Oberlin College, where he teaches about international relations, law, and organization; war, weapons, and arms control; and Middle East politics. He was Visiting Professor of Law at Leiden University's Grotius Centre for Internat-ional Legal Studies 2005–2006. Schiff is the author of Building the International Criminal Court (2008), two previous books on international organizations, and the co-author of a book on South Africa during its transition to democracy. firstname.lastname@example.org