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The international criminal law experiment has become synonymous with mass atrocities and post-conflict reconstruction since the 1990s. As conflict has continued, so too has the development of international criminal bodies for the prosecution of those most responsible. If the editors of The Founders: Four Pioneering Individuals Who Launched the First Modern-Era International Criminal Tribunals have a project, it is to illustrate the practical challenges and barriers to the formation of this type of justice. Traversing thousands of miles—from the offices of New York bureaucrats to the Kono District of Sierra Leone; from Courtroom 600 in the Palace of Justice to the Killing Fields of Choeung Shek and S-21—the authors outline, in great anecdotal detail, the process of navigating the murky political waters of international justice.

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