International criminal law attempts to sanction crimes that have a global nature and impact. After World War II, the international community came together to begin addressing important international issues, including preventing future war and non-war related atrocities and crimes. From the International Military Tribunals established in the wake of World War II to the world's first permanent International Criminal Court (ICC), a number of international bodies, treaties, and statutes have been formed in an effort to effectively administer criminal justice on an international level. Yet the administration and application of international criminal justice has faced significant hurdles and there are numerous opinions on the proper application, scope, and import of international criminal law.This important issue of the Penn State Journal of Law) International Affairs (JLIA) examines the evolution and future of the role of international criminal justice in international relations, as well as the structural challenges facing the ICC and other global institutions in the coming decades. Contributors to this edition include academics and practitioners intimately involved in the field of international criminal justice.
Foreword, The Future of International Criminal Justice, 3 Penn. St. J.L. & Int'l Aff. i (2014)