Lia Tarachansky speaks to Fatou Bensouda, the Deputy Prosecutor of the
International Criminal Court
(ICC) about the Palestinian Authority’s appeal to join the group of nations
over which the court has
jurisdiction. Bensouda says that before the ICC can investigate the
perpetration of war crimes during
Israel’s recent attack on Gaza, the court would have to rule on whether it
has jurisdiction in the
Palestinian Territories. For that, there would have to be clear borders
identified, a task the UN would
have to take on. Once the court rules on jurisdiction it would be able to
prosecute anyone who
committed war crimes, crimes against humanity, or genocide within the
territory, even if (such as in the
case of Israel) the perpetrator is not part of the International Court.

Fatou Bensouda

Fatou Bensouda was elected in 2004 to the post of Deputy Prosecutor by the Assembly of State Parties of the International Criminal Court. She is in charge of the Prosecution Division of the Office of the Prosecutor. Prior to joining the International Criminal Court, Bensouda served as the Senior Legal Advisor and Head of The Legal Advisory Unit at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Before that, she was the Minister of Justice of The Gambia.