John Washburn, convener of AMICC, a coalition of NGOs advocating for the US to join the international court, says that such open hostility to the ICC is now a thing of the past. Recognising that the ICC is here to stay, Washington wants at the very least to engage with it. Meanwhile, a September 2012 poll by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs found that as many as 70 per cent of American respondents thought the US should join the court.Read more
So is the US likely to become a fully signed-up member of the ICC any time soon? Although AMICC has been calling for this for years, Washburn retains a sense of pragmatism.
“In all likelihood, any realistic chance of ratification is several years away at best,” he said. “Nonetheless, preparing in advance for that chance will also require a year or more, since the legal, constitutional, political and bureaucratic obstacles are so severe and complicated.”
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
IWPR Reports on Washington's Growing Ties with ICC, Quotes AMICC Convener John Washburn
The Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR) today released a special report on Washington's growing ties with the International Criminal Court, with extensive quotes from ICC and US officials as well as AMICC's Convener: