Double Standards: International Criminal Law and the West

Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher (TOAEP), May 2015

By Wolfgang Kaleck

International criminal justice purports to be universal, but in reality it often operates in a politically selective manner. To date hardly any of those most responsible for international crimes committed by Western states – such as the torture at Guantánamo or international crimes committed in the course of the suppression of rebellions against colonial rule – have faced trial.

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