On March 13th, the ICC passed a milestone verdict and convicted ICC indictee, Thomas Lubanga on charges of using children in armed conflict. This benchmark for the court’s success was reached at the court’s ten-year mark and is a huge step forward in setting precedence for international law and the prosecution of future ICC indictees.
The ICC is not without its shortcomings, however, as it is unable to carry out its own arrest warrants and relies on international governments to take initiative. Unfortunately, though any government is able to enforce a warrant, nations are often unwilling to be involved. The commitment of the US government (who is not a signatory on the court’s mandate) to aid in the arrest of Joseph Kony and top LRA leadership is a welcome sign of America’s increased engagement.