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Hardwiring Accountability for Mass Atrocities


Three important trends in the global system of accountability for atrocity crimes are reshaping the architecture of global justice by increasing the available fora and avenues to achieve accountability for atrocity crimes. One is a redesign of international fact-finding and investigative mechanisms mandating those bodies to collect evidence for potential use in national judicial systems. A second is the increasing establishment of specialized, national investigative and prosecutorial units facilitating the exercise of foreign jurisdiction over atrocity crimes. The final trend is a growing milieu of sophisticated, non-governmental actors and organizations seeking criminal justice and accountability for atrocity crimes. These three developments interact with and shape each other, leading to increased possibilities for justice and an expansion of accountability norms.