By Maryne Rondot
On January 16, 2013 ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced the opening of a formal investigation of war crimes in Mali since January 2012. The Prosecutor therefore started collecting evidence in areas where crimes have allegedly been committed and will start constructing cases. Thus, Mali became the eighth situation under investigation by the Court, all of them in Africa.
The aim of this paper is first to present a general background of the conflict, then to explain the first conclusions of the ICC that led to this decision to investigate and finally to analyze the first challenges that are likely to lie ahead for this new investigation:
The ICC's Investigation into Alleged War Crimes in Mali, by Maryne Rondot (April 2, 2013)