“Interests of justice” in the Afghanistan situation before the ICC

By Natalia Galindo Valbuena *

On 12 April 2019, the Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) rejected a Prosecutor request to proceed with an investigation concerning alleged international crimes in Afghanistan. The judges decided that an investigation into the situation in Afghanistan “would not serve the interests of justice.” This decision was highly criticized. However, what is the meaning of the “interests of justice”?

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