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18 New Eng. J. Int'l & Comp. L. 311 (2012)
Manifest Destiny: The Relationship between the United States and the International Criminal Court in a Time of International Upheaval

handle is hein.journals/newenjic18 and id is 313 raw text is: MANIFEST DESTINY: THE RELATIONSHIP
BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND THE
INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT IN A
TIME OF INTERNATIONAL UPHEAVAL
PRASHANT SABHARWAL
I. INTRODUCTION
Ever since the negotiations that culminated in the signing of the
Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC or the Court),
the approach taken by various Administrations in the United States has
been a reflection of domestic politics and a skeptical foreign policy estab-
lishment. In the closing moths of the Clinton Administration, the United
States actively participated and subsequently signed the Rome Statute. This
active interest in the creation of the Court was soon upended by the victory
of George W. Bush in the 2000 presidential election. One of the platforms
upon which Bush had originally run was to end all types of nation-building
around the world. By extension, this also meant a retreat from the United
States' international responsibilities. The terrorist attacks on September 11,
2001 added a new dimension to the relationship between the United States
and the committed signatories of the Rome Statute.
The author recently worked in the Chambers of the International Criminal Court (ICC)
as the intern to Judge Sir Adrian Fulford, Q.C. (United Kingdom), from October 2011
until the end of March 2012. The views expressed in this article represent the person-
al views of the author and do not reflect in any way the official position of the ICC.
The author would like to express his gratitude to Alexandra Guhr for reading and
commenting on an initial outline of this article and for being a truly inspiring col-
league. Further thanks go to Sophie Tsakadze for her suggestions regarding salient
sections of this draft and to Laetitia Ruiz for her initial observations on the stylistic
and structural aspects of this article.

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