Focus: Alleged war crimes
committed by United Kingdom nationals in the context of the Iraq conflict and occupation from 2003 to 2008
Phase 2: Subject-matter jurisdiction
Jurisdiction – General status
The United Kingdom deposited its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute on 4 October 2001. The ICC may therefore exercise its jurisdiction over Rome Statute crimes committed on the territory or by nationals of the United Kingdom as of 1 July 2002.
Procedural history and focus of the preliminary examination
The preliminary examination of the situation in Iraq, initially terminated on 9 February 2006, was re-opened on 13 May 2014 upon receipt of new information. The preliminary examination focuses on alleged crimes committed by United Kingdom nationals in the context of the Iraq conflict and occupation from 2003 to 2008, including murder, torture, and other forms of ill-treatment.