ICC Prosecutor Issues Statement about Developments in Ukraine and Ukraine Goes to the ICJ

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Friday, March 4, 2022
Bruce Zagaris

The conflict initiated by Russia in Ukraine has spouted one proceeding in an international tribunal and resulted in another monitoring the developments with an eye to starting an investigation.  On February 25, 2022, the International Criminal Court Prosecutor, Karim A.A. Khan QC issued a statement on the situation in Ukraine. He said he has been “closely following recent developments in and around Ukraine with increasing concern.”  On February 27, Khan announced he decided to proceed with opening an investigation into the Situation in Ukraine, as rapidly as possible.  On February 27, Ukraine filed  an  application instituting  proceedings  against  the Russian  Federation  before  the International  Court  of  Justice (ICJ) concerning  “a dispute  .  .  .  relating  to  the interpretation, application  and  fulfilment of  the  1948  Convention on the  Prevention and Punishment of  the  Crime  of  Genocide” (the “Genocide Convention”).