International Criminal Court

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is a treaty organization charged with prosecuting and adjudicating certain criminal violations of international law. Its jurisdiction is defined by the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, a treaty joined by 114 countries. The chief prosecutor of the ICC may examine potential instances of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes if they occur in or involve citizens of states that have ratified the treaty. Additionally, the UN Security Council may refer cases to the prosecutor for investigation. If the prosecutor believes one of the specified crimes has been committed and will not be punished at the national level, he or she may, with permission of the court, bring an indictment.

Below are links to the laws and procedures that apply to the court, as well as articles and other resources that provide more information on the court.