William R. Cotter Distinguished Teaching Professor of Government Ken Rodman will deliver a talk on the International Criminal Court (ICC) entitled "The International Criminal Court at Twelve: How Realism Explains the Limits of Justice." The ICC is the first permanent tribunal designed to hold individuals criminally accountable for war crimes and human rights abuses. When it became operational in 2002, it was welcomed by the human rights community as a deterrent to mass atrocity through the globalization of law. Yet, thirteen years later, ICC investigations have so far been limited to Africa, where they have been constrained by the lack of local and international political support and a backlash from the African Union. Professor Rodman will explain how the ICC’s dependence on voluntary cooperation of states to enforce its decisions has limited its ability to promote justice, referencing recent events, such as the dismissal of the case against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, the suspension of the investigation in Darfur, the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on torture, and the recent decision by the Palestinian Authority to join the Court.