Office of the Prosecutor


Fatou Bensouda, Deputy Prosecutor of the ICC Michel de Smedt, Acting Head Investigations
Fatou Bensouda,
James Stewart,
Deputy Prosecutor
Phakiso Mochochoko, 
Head of the Jurisdiction, Complementarity and Cooperation Division
Michel de Smedt,
Head of Investigations

The Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) is one of the four organs of the Court and is headed by Fatou Bensouda, the Prosecutor, who took office on 15 June 2012, replacing the Court’s first Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo. Mrs Bensouda was elected by the Assembly of States Parties for a term of nine years. The OTP is composed of three Divisions. The Deputy Prosecutor, James Stewartis in charge of all the Divisions; Michel de Smedt is the Head of Investigations Division; Phakiso Mochochoko is the Head of the Jurisdiction, Complementarity and Cooperation Division.

The Office Investigates and Prosecutes genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed by nationals of a State Party or on the territory of a State Party on or after 1 July 2002, the date of entry into force of the Rome Statute.

The OTP is currently investigating eight situations:

  1. Uganda

  2. Democratic Republic of Congo

  3. Darfur, Sudan

  4. Central African Republic

  5. Kenya

  6. Libya

  7. Côte d’Ivoire

  8. Mali

The OTP is currently conducting preliminary examinations analysing alleged crimes committed on the territories of HondurasAfghanistan, KoreaComoros, Ukraine and Iraq and assessing if there are genuine national proceedings being carried out in  Georgia,GuineaColombia and Nigeria.

The OTP has  recently adopted a code of conduct for the office of the Prosecutor. This Code offers a comprehensive set of standards of conduct for all members of the Office, both staff members and elected officials. 

The Office has recently released its comprehensive policy paper on sexual and gender-based crimes.

The OTP, in partnership with the Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Project at UCLA School of Law, has launched the Human Rights & International Criminal Law Online Forum, promoting open discussion on complex issues of international criminal law faced by the OTP. Please visit the Forum at:


For the work of the Office of the Prosecutor at a glance, please go to: frequently asked questions.​​