The Security Council's referral of the situation in Darfur to the International Criminal Court (ICC) has been hailed as a giant step in the history of international humanitarian law. It has also been criticised for applying double standards by exempting the United States from the ICC's jurisdiction.

23 October 2006 by -

On 24 July 2006 the International Criminal Court (ICC) Pre-Trial Chamber invited Antonio Cassese and Louise Arbour to tell them about "the protection of victims and the preservation of evidence" in the region of Darfur, Sudan. Former International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) President Cassese had led the International Commission of Inquiry on Darfur. His report resulted in the case being referred to the ICC in March 2005. Arbour, a former Chief Prosecutor for the tribunals for Rwanda and former Yugoslavia, is the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

05 March 2007 by Franck Petit

Law professor at the University of Florence in Italy and the first president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Antonio Cassese presided over the United Nation's Commission of Inquiry on Darfur. The Commission's January 25, 2005 report led to the referral of the case to the International Criminal Court (ICC). In this interview, Cassese reacts to ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo's February 27 announcement of the initial results from his Darfur investigation.