U.S. Accepts ICC

April 28, 2008

In his speech last weekend at the event in Chicago marking the 10th anniversary of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, leading State Department lawyer John Bellinger said that despite continued reservations, the U.S. now accepts the “reality” of the ICC – especially in relation to Darfur.  Bellinger commented that “The U.S. must acknowledge that the ICC enjoys a large body of international support, and that many countries will look to the ICC as the preferred mechanism.”

This marks a significant rhetorical shift, although the rhetoric must be met by action and the U.S. must play a leading role in urging the U.N. Security Council to ensure that indicted individuals in Darfur are turned over to the Court.

Click here to read Bellinger’s full speech.