In 1989, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the 1990s to be "The Decade of International Law." Moreover, 1990, which witnessed both the devolution of the Cold War and the effective use of the United Nations to coalesce universal support for international action against Iraq for its invasion of Kuwait, was a year of renewed optimism for international institutions. It is therefore fitting that proposals for an international criminal court should, at this time, get a fresh look from the international legal community. Towards this end, in the words of the U.S. Representative to the United Nations Sixth (Legal) Committee ("U.N. Sixth Committee"), it is "essential that both the potential bene- fits and problems which such a court could create be carefully examined and balanced, lest we risk doing more harm than good." The purpose of this article is to undertake such a critical examination.


International Criminal Court

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Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law

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1 Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law 135 (1991)


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