From the Editor

Astonishing progress has been made during the past few years toward the development of a world-wide rule of law, especially with respect to genocide and crimes against humanity. The International Criminal Court, which only a decade ago would have seemed a very long-term goal, probably unattainable during this century, is approaching reality. Already, dictators and military commanders have been charged and brought to trial. As it happens, Canadians have played an important part in bringing these developments, and no one more so than Louise Arbour. As chief prosecutor of the criminal tribunals in The Hague, she established procedural precedents that will be vitally important to the permanent International Criminal Court. She boldly demanded that all the countries involved in peacekeeping projects must enforce the law and arrest those who have been indicted. Her open manner fostered public awareness and support for the tribunals. After becoming a justice of Canada's Supreme Court this summer, she was nevertheless generous with her time in an interview with Peace Magazine, reflecting on her hopes for the permanent criminal court. See pages 16 - 23.

Peace Magazine Spring 2000

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