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Karim Khan, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, visits a mass grave in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, on April 13.
Karim Khan, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, visits a mass grave in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, on April 13.

Can Plea Bargains Save the ICC?

Negotiated settlements would allow the court to go after more bad actors and could even mitigate further atrocities.

An aerial view of crosses, floral tributes, and photographs of the victims of the battles for Irpin and Bucha that mark the graves in a cemetery in Irpin, Ukraine, on May 16.
An aerial view of crosses, floral tributes, and photographs of the victims of the battles for Irpin and Bucha that mark the graves in a cemetery in Irpin, Ukraine, on May 16.
Three people huddle together in mourning in front of a large pile of dirt as snow falls.
Three people huddle together in mourning in front of a large pile of dirt as snow falls.

War Crimes Trials Aren’t Enough

To protect civilians from war crimes, stop them from happening now.

Ukrainian emergency employees and volunteers carry an injured pregnant woman.
Ukrainian emergency employees and volunteers carry an injured pregnant woman.

America’s ICC Animus Gets Tested by Putin’s Alleged War Crimes

Does U.S. support for an investigation of Russia’s attack on Ukraine signal a bigger policy shift?

The memorial called “Heroines,” dedicated to Kosovar Albanian women wartime rape survivors, is seen in Pristina, Kosovo, on May 4, 2021.
The memorial called “Heroines,” dedicated to Kosovar Albanian women wartime rape survivors, is seen in Pristina, Kosovo, on May 4, 2021.

We Need a Better Way to Prosecute Sexual Assault in Conflict

Though rape is one of the most commonly perpetrated war crimes, it is rarely considered by international courts.

A woman holds a placard reading “International Criminal Court in The Hague” above the portraits of both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko during a demonstration in support of Ukraine in front of Russia’s embassy in Rome on Feb. 24.
A woman holds a placard reading “International Criminal Court in The Hague” above the portraits of both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko during a demonstration in support of Ukraine in front of Russia’s embassy in Rome on Feb. 24.

Could Putin Actually Face Accountability at the ICC?

The International Criminal Court has opened an investigation into Ukraine. Here’s what you need to know.

International Criminal Court Prosecutor Karim Khan delivers a statement at the Special Jurisdiction for Peace offices in Bogotá, Colombia, on Oct. 27.
International Criminal Court Prosecutor Karim Khan delivers a statement at the Special Jurisdiction for Peace offices in Bogotá, Colombia, on Oct. 27.

The ICC Doesn’t Look So Interventionist After All

Serious domestic efforts at justice in Colombia have led the court to suspend its longest-running examination to date.

People enter the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, on June 20, 2006.
People enter the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, on June 20, 2006.

Does the ICC Obstruct Peace?

In Ivory Coast, the court’s blind pursuit of justice undermined reconciliation efforts.

Sudan’s ousted President Omar al-Bashir stands inside the defendant’s cage during his trial over the 1989 military coup that brought him to power at a courthouse in Khartoum, Sudan, on Sept. 22, 2020.
Sudan’s ousted President Omar al-Bashir stands inside the defendant’s cage during his trial over the 1989 military coup that brought him to power at a courthouse in Khartoum, Sudan, on Sept. 22, 2020.

Will Sudan Send Bashir to The Hague?

Allowing the International Criminal Court to prosecute a former leader for war crimes could be a pivotal moment in the transition to democracy.

Law enforcement officials in riot gear force people protesting the police killing of Andrew Brown Jr. off a street in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, on April 28.
Law enforcement officials in riot gear force people protesting the police killing of Andrew Brown Jr. off a street in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, on April 28.

The ‘Global Policeman’ Is Not Exempt From Justice

Confronting the violence of U.S. policing requires an international perspective.

Israel's controversial separation wall runs between the Israeli settlement of Pisgat Zeev (left), built in a suburb of East Jerusalem, and the Palestinian Shuafat refugee camp (right) on Feb. 11.
Israel's controversial separation wall runs between the Israeli settlement of Pisgat Zeev (left), built in a suburb of East Jerusalem, and the Palestinian Shuafat refugee camp (right) on Feb. 11.

The ICC’s Israel Investigation Could Backfire

It’s more likely to inflame nationalist sentiments than change anything on the ground.

Fatou Bensouda, the International Criminal Court’s head prosecutor, speaks during the Assembly of States Parties at The Hague, Netherlands, on Dec. 2, 2019.
Fatou Bensouda, the International Criminal Court’s head prosecutor, speaks during the Assembly of States Parties at The Hague, Netherlands, on Dec. 2, 2019.

Biden Can’t Claim ‘Moral Leadership’ While Sanctioning the ICC

Washington’s aversion to the court’s recent decision on Palestine is emblematic of a fundamental disconnect in U.S. foreign policy.

International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda
International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

Biden Likely to Lift Sanctions on ICC Chief Prosecutor

But it’s unlikely the next U.S. administration will be able to fully embrace the International Criminal Court as the shadow of American prosecutions still lingers.

Judges sit in the courtroom at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands, on July 8, 2019.
Judges sit in the courtroom at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands, on July 8, 2019.

The United States Has Nothing to Fear From the ICC

The Trump administration’s crusade against the International Criminal Court is misguided and will harm long-term U.S. interests.

International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda
International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

Trump’s Chilling Blow to the ICC

With International Criminal Court sanctions, the U.S. president’s hypocrisy hits a new low.

Senior Trump administration officials brief the press on the International Criminal Court.
Senior Trump administration officials brief the press on the International Criminal Court.

Trump Order Treats International Prosecutors Like War Criminals

A new executive order would impose sanctions and travel restrictions on staff of the International Criminal Court.

Sudanese protesters arrive to the town of Atbara from Khartoum on Dec. 19, 2019, to mark the first anniversary of the beginning of the uprising that toppled former President Omar al-Bashir.
Sudanese protesters arrive to the town of Atbara from Khartoum on Dec. 19, 2019, to mark the first anniversary of the beginning of the uprising that toppled former President Omar al-Bashir.

Sudan Is Remaking Its Relationship With the Rest of the World

From meeting with Netanyahu to working with the ICC, the new government is reversing the foreign policy of the Bashir era.

Omar al-Bashir
Omar al-Bashir

Will Sudan’s Bashir Be Handed to the ICC at Last?

In a surprise move, Sudan indicated it might turn over former autocrat Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court, which he flouted for so many years, over Darfur.

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