Following tradition, during this year’s Assembly of States Parties meeting, the out-going International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, delivered her annual report on Preliminary Examinations. That’s the bit even before investigations, well before a trial. There’s a lot of discussion about whether the ‘PE’ stage is really working. And this year, her decision to say no to launching an investigation into alleged crimes by British servicemen in Iraq attracted a lot of discussion.
We recorded the presentation and have some choice quotes here. We touch on the decision to keep Colombia and Guinea under observation and launch investigations into Ukraine and Nigeria. And we discuss Iraq with Patryk Labuda of the University of Amsterdam along with what he thinks her last ever Preliminary Examinations report says about Bensouda’s approach. You can also find Patryk on Twitter , turns out there are quite a few doppelgangers on there.
You can also check out our previous podcast with Carla Ferstman of the University of Essex which provides a detailed background on ICC/Iraq/UK.