Expert interview on the BBC: Sudan and the ICC

In an interview with the BBC today, I spoke about the diplomatic and legal impact of a potential membership of Sudan of the International Criminal Court.

The cabinet of the transitional government of Sudan this week announced plans to become a state party to the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Sudan has been a fierce critic of the Court and for more than a decade rejected every form of cooperation with the institution.

In an interview with Newsday on the BBC World Service, I spoke about the consequences and significance of Sudan’s accession: first, it signals a clear committment to support the Court and the continuation of on-going cases, including against the former president Omar al-Bashir. Second, membership of an international organisation like the ICC allows Sudan to end its pariah status and isolation, and return to the international community.

Listen to the full interview on the BBC World Service.