Statement written by Professor Doug Cassel urges president to lift International Criminal Court sanctions

Author: Notre Dame Law School


Notre Dame Law Professor Emeritus Douglass Cassel recently wrote a statement asking President Donald Trump to rescind his June 11 executive order, which imposes sanctions on International Criminal Court investigators who are involved in investigating U.S. personnel in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

The statement, which was also circulated by Mary Ellen O'Connell, the Robert & Marion Short Professor of Law and Research Professor of International Dispute Resolution, has been signed by 175 lawyers and legal scholars.

The matter was covered in a Washington Post article, "Lawyers urge Trump to rescind sanctions and travel bans for International Criminal Court." In the article, Cassel was quoted as saying, "It's just wrong to go after the people who investigate atrocities. You should go after the people who commit them."

Click here to read the full ICC statement. A fact sheet about the statement is available here.

The statement remains open for signatures until July 10. For more information, email