Vol. 6, Issue 6 (2020)
Analyses of the challenges faced by the international criminal court in the exercise of its jurisdiction
Author(s): Awa Njoworia Valerie Adamu
Abstract: This paper presents an analysis of the exercise of jurisdiction of the ICC and the factors hindering the court’s proper discharge of its function. Though the court has been praised for its ability to prevent impunity and try perpetrators for the most serious crimes, there has been a number of criticisms against it. Factors outside its control have hindered the court from achieving its goals, among them, its jurisdictional limitation and its dependence on States cooperation. Adopting a purely doctrinal research method, this paper questions why the ICC wasn’t granted universal jurisdiction from its inception which has served as a limitation to its jurisdiction. It concludes that due to these factors, the court has failed to achieve its aims. It recommends that universal jurisdiction should be granted to the court to enable it prosecute perpetrators irrespective of where these crimes occur.