The International Criminal Court began its work in 2002, having been granted the jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for the international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. The ICC began its first trial in January 2009. Since then, the Court has investigated war crimes in numerous countries, including Uganda, the Central African Republic, Sudan, Libya and Georgia. The ICC remains controversial, seen by some non-Western countries as an exercise in northern imperialism, while the United States, which is not an ICC member, criticises what it sees as the Court’s lack of sufficient checks and balances on prosecutors and judges.
With its seat in The Hague, Radio Netherlands covered developments at the ICC extensively over the years, as well as the crimes the Court dealt with.
Produced and presented by Michele Ernsting
The Speakers include: ICC president Philippe Kirsch, senior trial attorney Christine Chung. ICC registrat Shamim Razavi, Leiden University’s Grotius Center program director Roelof Haveman.
Broadcast May 22, 2005