go to top
Karim Khan in the courtroom of the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague, 2007 Karim Khan in the courtroom of the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague, the Netherlands, June 4, 2007 (pool photo by Robert Vos via AP Images).

Can a New Chief Prosecutor Revitalize the ICC?

Thursday, March 4, 2021

The member states of the International Criminal Court recently appointed British lawyer Karim Khan as the ICC’s next chief prosecutor. He is expected to start his nine-year term in June, replacing Gambian attorney Fatou Bensouda in the role. Khan is a veteran of the international legal world, having served as both prosecutor and defense counsel in a number of prominent cases. He also recently led a special U.N. investigation into crimes committed by the Islamic State group.

But his upcoming stint as the ICC’s chief prosecutor will arguably be his most challenging assignment yet, given the many criticisms the court has faced in the past. Khan will also need to oversee high-stakes investigations into allegations of war crimes committed by U.S. forces and other combatants in Afghanistan, as well as in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories. ...

To read more,

enter your email address then choose one of the three options below.

Subscribe to World Politics Review and you'll receive instant access to 10,000+ articles in the World Politics Review Library, along with new comprehensive analysis every weekday . . . written by leading topic experts.