The Independent Expert Review of the International Criminal Court

"There is a pre-history that needs to be addressed and I don’t necessarily see where the calls by African states to reform are actually on the table in the report."
Kamari Clarke
Professor, University of Toronto & University of California, Los Angeles
"The ICC operates in a political world made of states which will go after their own security and political interests, and they will use the Court if they have to."
Oumar Ba
Assistant Professor of International Relations at Morehouse College and Author of States of Justice: The Politics of the International Criminal Court
"A lot of victims believe the Court has failed them. In many countries victims have paid a heavy price for their belief in and initial support of the Court."
Chidi Odinkalu
Senior Manager for Africa, Open Society Justice Initiative
"Many of the recommendations that the experts have made can help us chart a way forward in the interests of strengthening the Court and the Rome Statute system of international criminal justice."
Fatou Bensouda
Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court
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Heeding longstanding calls from the ICC’s diverse constituencies, an Independent Expert Group has studied the Court and submitted recommendations for its reform and better functioning. Experts discuss the extent to which these recommendations have the potential to improve the ICC-Africa relationship, and what still remains to be done.

Which concerns raised by African communities and states were addressed by the Expert Review process? Do you believe states and communities will be satisfied or is there still more to be done?

Professor at the University of Toronto and the University of California, Los Angeles
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Kamari Clarke
Executive Director, Africa Division at Human Rights Watch
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Mausi Segun
Assistant Professor of International Relations at Morehouse College and Author of States of Justice: The Politics of the International Criminal Court
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Oumar Ba
Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court
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Fatou Bensouda
Senior Manager for Africa, Open Society Justice Initiative
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Chidi Odinkalu
Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, South Africa
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John Jeffery

As the Prosecutor of the ICC, you have witnessed a growing call from the international criminal law community for reform. What have you done to address these concerns?

Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court
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Fatou Bensouda

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