From CBC News:
As U.S. President Barack Obama continues to drum up support abroad and at home to “punish” Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for his alleged “brazen” use of chemical weapons, some diplomats and policy experts say the crisis calls for a legal solution rather than a military one. Although Obama discussed Syria with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, there’s a widening rift between countries supporting the U.S.-led plans for a military strike on Syria and those that are opposed to it. Tony Smith, a political science professor at the University of California Irvine, who has written extensively on war crimes trials, told CBC News that charging Assad at the International Criminal Court is a better option. “Courts matter, law matters,” said Smith. “This is the exact right time to have the ICC step up.”

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