Staff of United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia

The ICC Is Not Shying Away from the Georgian Challenge

Staff of United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia

On 19 February, Dr. Aaron Matta, Senior Researcher in the Rule of Law Progam, and Anca Iordache, intern in the Rule of Law Program, published a commentary on the Opinio Juris Blog that analyzes the decision of the Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court to authorize the Office of the Prosecutor to proceed with an investigation into the situation in Georgia.

The commentary looks at issues related to the Court’s jurisdiction over the crimes committed in the region of South Ossetia, the admissibility of the case under Art. 17 of the Rome Statute, and the cooperation of Georgian and Russian authorities with the investigation. The commentary also explores whether the Prosecutor has jurisdiction to lay charges for the crime of aggression and discusses the significance of the case as it is the first time when the Court decides to investigate a situation outside the African continent

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