Argument: ICC prosecutors are given too much power in deciding cases

Issue Report: International Criminal Court


Henry Kissinger. “The Pitfalls of Universal Jurisdiction: Risking Judicial Tryanny”. Foreign Affairs. Aug. 2001 – “The independent prosecutor of the ICC has the power to issue indictments, subject to review only by a panel of three judges. According to the Rome statute, the Security Council has the right to quash any indictment. But since revoking an indictment is subject to the veto of any permanent Security Council member, and since the prosecutor is unlikely to issue an indictment without the backing of at least one permanent member of the Security Council, he or she has virtually unlimited discretion in practice.”