Established in 2002, the International Criminal Court is an independent judicial institution that investigates and prosecutes war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, and the crime of aggression. Most recently, the ICC said on March 17 it has issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin for war crimes because of his alleged involvement in abductions of children from Ukraine. Based in The Hague, the ICC has the power to act where a state is “unable or unwilling genuinely” to do so itself. Currently, 123 countries are ICC members, giving the ICC authority, under its founding treaty, the Rome Statute, to investigate and prosecute crimes committed by their nationals or by anyone on their territory, according to human rights advocacy organization Human Rights Watch. The U.S. and Israel are not among those countries.Having been in operation since 2003, the ICC has opened more than two dozen cases based on investigations in 11 countries.
The world's five most populous countries (China, India, US, Indonesia, Pakistan) are not party to the International Criminal Court, which raises questions about how "international" the court really is— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) March 19, 2023
While the U.S. and Israel are not part of the ICC, there...