Unfortunately, the connection between international prosecutions and the actual deterrence of future atrocities is at best a plausible but largely untested assumption. Actual experience with efforts at deterrence is not encouraging. Before placing too much reliance on deterrence as a basis for supporting international criminal prosecutions, especially over possible alternatives such as truth and reconciliation commissions, we ought at least to consider carefully the obstacles to achieving effective deterrence.
Atrocities, Deterrence, and the Limits of International Justice,
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