NACDL - Practicing Before the International Criminal Court

Practicing Before the International Criminal Court

The International Criminal Court (ICC) began operating in 2002 in The Hague, a Dutch city 40 miles southwest of Amsterdam. Although the United States is not an ICC member, a few Americans serve as defense lawyers and prosecutors there. The ICC has jurisdiction to prosecute war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, and waging aggressive war. Peter Robinson, a defense lawyer at the ICC, explains how the ICC works and describes the challenges involved in advocating on a world stage.