Violence. Justice. Violence?

February 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

Four Kenyans   are   to   face   trial   at   the   ICC for masterminding  the 2007/2008 post-election violence. But with these four men having continued political support in Kenya, will the ICC’s attempts at justice for violence simply breed more violence?1 Kimberly Curtis posted an interesting discussion on the balance of justice and politics currently at play in Kenya.

 

1As a exercise in thought: What would be the best course of action if ensuing violence were able to be predicted? If we could guarantee that violence would occur at a significant level, should the ICC continue? Should the international community instead allow Kenya alone to try its suspected criminals? If so, what sort of precedent might that set for the ICC? From a Utilitarian standpoint, is more good done by righting wrongs of the past than by preventing wrongs of the present or future?

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