US Sanctions and the International Criminal Court


The United States has had a complicated relationship with the International Criminal Court from its inception. But recent actions establishing a sanctions regime against the International Criminal Court and then sanctioning Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda as well as one of her employees have significantly changed the dynamic between the United States and the ICC, as well as potentially impacted broader efforts at justice for atrocity crimes. This discussion will briefly cover the history of the US relationship with the ICC, before delving into questions such as the immediate circumstances leading to these sanctions, how sanctions operate generally, what effect these sanctions will have, to what extent these sanctions are in line with the views of the US public regarding the ICC, and potential unanticipated ramifications of this action.

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  • Andrew Boyle, Brennan Center for Justice and ICL IG Co-Chair, Moderator
  • Elizabeth Evenson, Associate Director, International Justice Program, Human Rights Watch
  • Katherine Gallagher, Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Adam Smith, Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Beth Van Schaack, Leah Kaplan Visiting Professor in Human Rights, Stanford Law School
  • Kelebogile Zvobgo, Director, International Justice Lab, William & Mary

Date and Location

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm