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Election of Karim Khan – what battles await the third prosecutor of the International Criminal Court?

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British lawyer Karim Khan, on Friday 12 February, has finally won the hotly contested seat of third prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), for a nine-year mandate. Khan succeeds the Gambian Fatou Bensouda, who will hand over her post in June, and first prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo of Argentina. Why did it take so long to select a new prosecutor? We take a look at the hectic selection process in this second episode of IN CAMERA, and tell why the internal and diplomatic struggles that await Khan will be more decisive than ever for the fragile legitimacy of the Court.

Janet H. Anderson

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ICC desperately seeking prosecutor

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Who will be the third Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC)? The successor of Fatou Bensouda was to be a consensus candidate among a handful of finalists selected well in advance. But this well-ordered process was shattered. In the end, nine candidates are still in the running, while States Parties hope to announce the prosecutor-elect before Christmas. The suspense is likely to remain intact until the end. Justice Info hereby brings together the elements of an event that only takes place every nine years and that profoundly determines the functioning and future of the Court. READ MORE

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