The ICC's Office of the Prosecutor and the Limits of Performance Indicators

Kotecha, Birju (2017) The ICC's Office of the Prosecutor and the Limits of Performance Indicators. Journal of International Criminal Justice, 15 (3). pp. 543-565. ISSN 1478-1387

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Performance indicators have long been part of the vocabulary of businesses and public administrations. Essentially, they are market-oriented tools occupying a central role in both the management and measurement of organizational performance. The present article assesses, in particular, the performance indicators adopted by the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) Office of the Prosecutor (OTP). In so doing, it traces the development of such indicators within the OTP strategies, and argues that current indicators do not measure prosecution effectiveness in terms of outcomes within conflict-affected societies. The article corroborates this argument by explaining how current indicators are inclined to prioritize the economy and efficiency of prosecutions, thus producing a gap in the measurement of the prosecutions’ effectiveness. The mentioned gap is explained by the OTP’s fundamental lack of clarity in precisely identifying the outcomes of prosecutions. In turn, the performance indicators adopted by the OTP may engender perverse effects, further aggravating the lack of clarity concerning outcomes. The article recommends the adoption of principles aimed at improving future OTP performance measurement.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: M100 Law by area
M200 Law by Topic
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: Birju Kotecha
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2017 08:12
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 11:01

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