Any of my fellow fans of sports and international law notice that all but 5 of the 32 teams playing in this year’s World Cup are states parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court? They are Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Ecuador, England (United Kingdom is the state party), France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Honduras, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Uruguay, and, of course, the host state, Brazil. (image credit)
The 5 nonparty outliers? Algeria, Cameroon, Iran, Russia, and, of course, the United States.
The combined victory record of those outliers = 1 win, out of 6 games played. Just sayin’.