The International Criminal Court: A Failure of International Justice for Victims?


  • Kelisiana Thynne



The International Criminal Court marked its tenth anniversary in 2008. In conjunction with that milestone, this article considers the status of international justice in the context of victims’ rights in the Court’s proceedings. The author presents a case study of the Thomas Lubanga Dyilo case and, in doing so, explores the reasons why the Court might already be failing to provide international justice for victims of international crimes. The article specifically discusses the rights of victims of gender-based crimes and the intersection between victims and justice in the Court. The author also offers suggestions of how the Court can better achieve international justice for victims as it moves forward with its first cases.

Author Biography

Kelisiana Thynne

B.A. (Hons.), LL.B. (Hons.), Australian National University, LL.M., University of Sydney. Legal Adviser, International Committee of the Red Cross. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not represent in any way the views of the author’s current or former employers.