Brigham Young University Prelaw Review


United Nations, Security Council, International Criminal Court, international law, impunity, war crimes, permanent five members, veto power, ICC jurisdiction


The Security Council’s power to refer states to the International Criminal Court undermines international law because the permanent five members use their veto power to protect guilty allies from prosecution. The Council should be reformed so that the body can override a veto with a supermajority and bring war criminals to justice.