April 11, 2023
People have been witnessing horrible atrocities in Ukraine for over a year, but will we be able to bring everyone who has committed crimes to justice? In the U.S., over ninety-nine thousand crimes have been noted during the invasion and over six hundred possible suspects have been documented, so by scale alone, it’s impossible to ensure complete justice. But the U.S. along with its allies are training Ukranian prosecutors on international criminal law to better their chances in court. Moving around, the International Criminal Court and the U.S. have what Dermot Groome calls a “like-hate” relationship, but recently Biden heavily supports the ICC’s work. Because of these bettering relationships, all U.S. investigation services can cooperate with international courts. Groome explains four fundamental changes because of that outcome, there is no prohibition in assisting the ICC or funding prohibitions, the ICC investigators can come to the U.S., and war criminals found in the U.S. can be prosecuted in American courts. To close, Groome notes that a voice for the victims of war crimes must be ensured in the international community. In the later Q. & A. portion, he answers to matters including criticism of the ICC, risking the U.S. in the pursuit of international justice, and Russian Orthodox churches blessing war crimes.