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Global Governance

The Big Idea for Friday, February 07, 2014

Here is a quick lesson from the Dictator's Handbook. Murder a few judges in your country and effectively shut down the judiciary. Then you can literally operate with impunity: there will be no penal price to pay for your atrocities.

Sorry dictators, but it no longer works that way. You can't shoot all the judges in the Hague, where the International Criminal Court is based. In fact, this court is well-funded and ready to jump in if local justice systems have been compromised. 

In today's lesson, we take stock of the International Criminal Court (ICC) after a decade of its existence and examine the idea of global governance. We find that while the ICC is rife with problems, as an institution it is also one that is still in its infancy, with many challenges and opportunities ahead. 


  1. 1 The "Poisoned Chalice" of International Justice
    Big Think Editors Specific Gravity
  2. 2 Inside the International Criminal Court
    Kal Raustiala
  3. 3 The Value of an Independent Judiciary
    Stephen Breyer
  4. 4 America’s Human Rights Failures
    Anthony Romero

Global Governance

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