Case #2032.0

A Delicate Balance: The International Criminal Court’s Process for Identifying New Cases

Publication Date: October 13, 2015
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Ever since it was created, in 2002, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has been the subject of high expectations and frequent controversy over its selection of cases. This 5-page multimedia website challenges students to put themselves in the shoes of a senior member of the ICC’s Office of the Prosecutor. Through video interviews, maps, and links to live databases, the website explores the structure of the ICC, the strict rules that govern how and when the Court can take on a case, and the debate over the Court’s focus on Africa. Instructors can use it to prepare for an in-class simulation where students debate country choices and debrief over the role of the ICC.

Learning Objective:
Students are asked to identify a present-day country situation where an ICC preliminary examination should be conducted. This content-rich website enables them to become fluent in the real-life structural intricacies of the ICC and the legal limitations its staff needs to consider when making assessments of human rights violations.

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Teaching Plan:
Available with Educator Access
Video Producer/Multimedia Developer:
Patricia Garcia-Rios
Case Author:
Kathryn Sikkink
Faculty Lead:
Kathryn Sikkink
Pages (incl. exhibits):
Joseph B. Tompkins, Jr. Fund for Case Study and Research