Office of the Prosecutor, Int’l Criminal Court (ICC), Policy paper on case selection and prioritisation (Sept. 15, 2016)

This policy paper explains that the Office of the Prosecutor will select cases for investigation and prosecution in light of the gravity of the crimes, the degree of responsibility of the alleged perpetrators and the potential charges. In assessing the gravity of the crimes, the Office is guided by the scale, nature, manner of commission, and impact of the crimes: “The impact of the crimes may be assessed in light of, inter alia, the increased vulnerability of victims, the terror subsequently instilled, or the social, economic and environmental damage inflicted on the affected communities. In this context, the Office will give particular consideration to prosecuting Rome Statute crimes that are committed by means of, or that result in, inter alia, the destruction of the environment, the illegal exploitation of natural resources or the illegal dispossession of land.”