Criminal Law and Philosophy 10 (1):133-142 (2016)

Tracy Isaacs
Western University
In A Moral Theory of Political Reconciliation, Colleen Murphy devotes a full chapter to arguing that international criminal trials make significant contributions to political reconciliation within post-conflict and transitional societies. While she is right to claim that these trials serve an important function, I take issue with her with respect to what that important function is. Whereas Murphy focuses on the contributions international criminal prosecutions might make to political reconciliation within the borders of transitional societies, I claim instead that their primary function is to restore order at the international level and to dispense justice. The aims of justice are not always consistent with the aims of reconciliation. Moreover, several features of international criminal trials should give us pause with respect even to how well, in fact, they manage to serve the ends of international justice
Keywords Political reconciliation  International criminal trials  Transitional societies  International justice  Transitional justice  Collective responsibility
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DOI 10.1007/s11572-014-9294-5
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