The Sun Climbs Slow

The Sun Climbs Slow

The International Criminal Court and the Search for Justice

By Erna Paris

Seven Stories Press, Paperback, 9781583228791, 382pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2009


"Paris's ability to convey the human dimension of international criminal justice is what makes this book special."--"The Globe and Mail"

"In "The Sun Climbs Slow" Erna Paris describes, movingly and convincingly, the dawn of a new age of international law. There could be no better guide to the emerging world in which no guilty person, however powerful, can escape responsibility for acts of barbarism. Obligatory reading for the forward-looking."--John Polanyi, Nobel Laureate

In this groundbreaking investigation, Erna Paris explores the history of global justice, the politics behind America's opposition to the creation of a permanent international criminal court, and the implications for the world at large.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is the first permanent tribunal of its kind. The mandate of the ICC is to challenge criminal impunity on the part of national leaders and to promote accountability in world affairs at the highest level. Independent and transnational, its indictments cannot be vetoed in the Security Council.

On March 11, 2003, when the new court was inaugurated in a moving ceremony, attended by over half of the countries in the world, one country was conspicuously missing from the celebrations. The government of the United States had made it clear that the International Criminal Court was not consistent with American goals and values.

Erna Paris is the winner of ten national and international writing awards, including the Canada-U.S. White Award for journalism, a gold medal from the National Magazine Awards Foundation, and four Media Club of Canada awards for feature writing and radio documentary. She is the author of six acclaimed books of literary nonfiction.

About the Author
ERNA PARIS lives in Toronto.