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The International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands The International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Feb. 6, 2020 (AP photo by Peter Dejong).

A New Chief Prosecutor, and New Challenges, for the ICC

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Last month, after months of jockeying for influence, member states of the International Criminal Court held a secret ballot to determine the court’s next chief prosecutor. The winner was Karim Khan, a British lawyer with extensive experience on both the prosecutorial and defense side of international criminal cases. Khan will be only the third person to hold the job.

He will take over from the current chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, at a time when the ICC faces some difficult questions about what kind of institution it will be. This week on Trend Lines, WPR’s Elliot Waldman is joined by Kyle Rapp, a doctoral candidate specializing in international law at the University of Southern California, to discuss Khan’s vision for the ICC and the difficult balancing act he will be faced with in his new role. Click here to read a partial transcript of the interview.

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