Wolfson Alumnus Karim Khan elected chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court

Published on
Monday 22 February 2021

Karim Khan, British lawyer and a specialist in international criminal law and international human rights law, has been elected chief prosecutor of the International Crime Court (ICC). 

Khan will begin his nine-year term in June and replaces Fatou Bensouda who was elected in 2011. 

Khan was called to the bar in England and Wales by Lincoln's Inn and attended Wolfson College, where he read for a doctorate in law before serving as a Crown Prosecutor. He has since combined work in Britain and internationally. He was appointed in 2018 by the UN secretary general to lead the UN team investigating allegations of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed by the Islamic State group in Iraq. 

The International Criminal Court is an intergovernmental organisation and international tribunal that sits in The Hague, Netherlands. The ICC is the first and only permanent international court with jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for the international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression. The ICC "seeks to complement, not replace, national Courts." So far, there have been 30 cases before the court, ICC judges have issued 35 arrest warrants and 17 people have been detained and appeared before the Court. 

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