Monday, October 5, 2020
The Open Society Justice Initiative sued the Trump Administration over its Executive Order that sanctions the International Criminal Court. The order, described as "draconian" sanctions and criminal liability for those who support the ICC and for their highest officials. The plaintiffs are four law professors: Diane Marie Amann, University of Georgia School of Law; Gabor Rona, Cardozo School of Law; Milena Sterio, Cleveland Marshall school of Law; and Margaret deGuzman, Temple University Beasley School of Law.
The executive order denies the UCC's jurisdiction over the US actions that happen outside of the United States.
"I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, find that the situation with respect to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and its illegitimate assertions of jurisdiction over personnel of the United States and certain of its allies, including the ICC Prosecutor’s investigation into actions allegedly committed by United States military, intelligence, and other personnel in or relating to Afghanistan, threatens to subject current and former United States Government and allied officials to harassment, abuse, and possible arrest."
Foley Hoag represents the Plaintiffs who request that the order be enjoined while the court considers its constitutionality.