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Adrian Kreutz

Adrian Kreutz is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR), University of Oxford, fully funded by a DPIR Scholarship. He is also a Lecturer in Political Theory at the University of Amsterdam, Department of Political Science. His research addresses questions of legitimacy, legality, coercion, and authority in a realist framework.

Over Gaza, the international criminal justice system (ICJS), spearheaded by the International Criminal Court (ICC), must pick a trench: Does international criminal justice entail the active involvement in humanitarian relief and prevention in conflict zones? I call those who support this proposition, “legal activists”, for a lack of better terminology. Or might, in contrast, the sole objective of ICJS operations be the realisation of ex-post justice, as “purist” interpreters of international criminal justice usually espouse? This post argues that these two objectives are not mutually exclusive. Instead, I argue that a legal activist approach in situations of acute conflict facilitates ex-post justice in the long run. Gaza, War Crimes, Silence The ICC’s Chief Prosecutor’s Office has been investigating war crime allegations in …