The politics of prosecution: The role of the prosecutor of the international criminal court
The year 2012 was a significant year in the short history of the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court (ICC); it marked the end of the nine-year incumbency of the first holder of this office. In its 2003 Policy Paper, the OTP wrote: The Court is an institution with limited resources. The Office will function with a two-tiered approach to combat impunity. The Policy Paper recognised that this policy risks leaving an 'impunity gap' if lower level perpetrators escape prosecution and are not held accountable for their crimes. The idea is that international crimes of 'lesser gravity' should be prosecuted, where possible, in domestic courts. Finally, the OTP has issued a number of policy papers on specific aspects of its mandate. These have included papers on 'The Interests of Justice', and draft papers on 'Criteria for Selection of Situations and Cases' and 'Preliminary Examinations'.
Criminal Justice in International Society
Criminology not elsewhere classified