All’s Wrong That Starts Wrong – Withdrawals from the International Criminal Court, Tamas Lattman (IIR, Czech Republic)

The Hague-based International Criminal Court, the world’s first temporary judicial forum, created in 1998 by the adoption of the Rome Statute, has been living through difficult times during the past months. After years of struggle since its operations started in 2002, the second half of 2016 has brought withdrawals, threats of withdrawals, and even a visible collective strategy for a mass withdrawal of African states from the system. What keeps states in such a structure, what makes them seriously consider a withdrawal, and what is the possible future of the International Criminal Court (ICC)?