With the twentieth anniversary of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) approaching in July of 2018, the ICC has announced its intention to «mark this milestone» throughout the year, inviting visitors to its website to do the same. An accompanying film commemorating the anniversary opens with scenes of atrocity crimes throughout the world flashing in
sequence. Interspersed throughout this account of the Court’s establishment are images of victims of crimes that could possibly fall under the court’s jurisdiction, whilst the film narrates the subject matter that the ICC is empowered to adjudicate: the use of child soldiers, destruction of cultural property, and sexual violence, among other forms of war crimes, crimes against humanity
and genocide. Following a clip of testimony of a survivor of sexual violence crimes, the film introduces the Court’s Trust Fund for Victims, which was established through the Rome Statute to provide «support to victims, survivors, their families and community». It closes with the claim that the pursuit of security «starts with justice for everyone». While a familiar genre of institutional self-representation, the film is remarkable for the way in which it foregrounds the figure of the victim of international crimes within a retributive legal field.
REDI Vol. 70 2 2018
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