The start of July saw a new international body enter the ecosystem of the Hague; the International Centre for the Prosecution of the Crime of Aggression against Ukraine (ICPA) started its operations at the Eurojust premises. We were there for the press conference and we make use of those answers to try to provide some more clarity about who is involved, what the centre will exactly do and not do and how it is placed in the longer road to a possible future tribunal to prosecute the crime of aggression of the Russian leadership.
You will hear from Eurojust President Ladislav Hamran about the specificities of this crime and from Prosecutor General of Ukraine Andriy Kostin about the hopes of Ukraine for justice for Russian aggression. In addition, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Karim Khan, Assistant Attorney General of the US Kenneth Polite, and the European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders, all voice their support for the centre with their own specific spins. And of course, our comments on that all.
The way that the US has involved itself when it’s not a member of the ICC, nor of Eurojust, made us particularly curious, so we made use of some comments by Beth van Schaack, US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice at a press conference a few weeks ago, to help provide some insights.
With this episode, we also leave you for the summer break. But tune in for our usual selection of archive episodes, selected and re-branded by our current intern Jason Smeets. Enjoy your summer and see you in September with new episodes!