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GARCIA VAZQUEZ, Borja  and  CARNEVALI RODRIGUEZ, Raúl. The unviability of international criminal law in a zero-strength world. International justice for the crimes of Islamic State?. Foro int [online]. 2022, vol.62, n.1, pp.103-136.  Epub Mar 28, 2022. ISSN 0185-013X.

Consolidation of international criminal law has been fostered by geopolitical contexts of leadership by a minority group of powers, as happened after the end of the Second World War and during the Cold War. Today, the world is once again in a position of lack of guidance by a single State, hindering the exercise of international criminal law, both in the form of ad hoc or mixed courts, as well as the ineffectiveness of the International Criminal Court in the face of global fragmentation. This is evidenced by the Syrian civil war, a conflict which finds historical parallels with the Spanish civil war, confirming the unviability of international criminal law in a situation of a vacuum of leadership.

Keywords : international criminal law; international humanitarian law; Syrian civil war; war crimes.

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