April 06, 2017

CUA Law Professor Robert Destro was quoted in a April 5 Catholic News Agency article entitled "Chemical attack in Syria 'shocks the soul,' says top US bishop" See below.

Chemical attack in Syria 'shocks the soul,' says top US bishop

From: Catholic News Agency
Date: April 5, 2017
By: Matt Hadro

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The use of poison gas on civilians is a war crime, but under international criminal law the perpetrator is not known right now with complete certainty, Professor Robert Destro, an international law expert at the Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law, explained to CNA.

"We need to know who did it," he insisted. "There are certain things that you are just not allowed to do."

There are several actions countries could take to find the perpetrators and hold them accountable, he said, one approach being to use international criminal law, filing an indictment against the guilty party in an international criminal tribunal.

However, for this to take place, world leaders like the U.S., China, and Russia would have to come together, as "the U.S. cannot hold them responsible by itself."

The international community must start meeting to determine not the best interests of particular countries, he said, but rather "what is in the best interest of people who live in the neighborhood" in Syria.