The world is trying to figure out how to hold Putin accountable for the war crimes Russia has committed in Ukraine. However, when it comes to the International Criminal Court (ICC), the situation is complicated because these two countries are not members of the ICC. Yet, according to ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan, the ICC will launch an investigation into “allegations of war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide committed on any part of the territory of Ukraine by any person.”
We’ve presented oral arguments in cases at the ICC, so we have tremendous insight into how this court works. ACLJ Senior Counsel Andy Ekonomou explained how they don’t have jurisdiction in this matter, even though Russia is clearly committing war crimes:
“Getting jurisdiction is a totally different matter. And the office of the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has said he is there; he is on the ground, Karin Khan . . . who is the new prosecutor . . . and he is in Ukraine claiming that he has jurisdiction in the pretrial chamber to which the case has been referred. Because he can claim he has jurisdiction, but then in order to get the go-ahead, he’s got to go to the pretrial chamber which consists of three judges at the International Criminal Court at the Hague . . . and then they have to give him the authority to proceed further.”
Watch today’s episode of Sekulow TV for a comprehensive analysis of Russia’s war on Ukraine and the possibility for the ICC to take legal action against Russia.
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