Can the ICC Treat Starvation in Sudan as a War Crime?

 Source: Just Security published on 19 March 2024 an analysis titled “Does the ICC Have Jurisdiction Over the Starvation War Crime in Sudan?” by Tom Dannenbaum, associate professor of international law at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. 

As starvation becomes a more serious threat in Sudan, the author reviews the legal arguments concerning the International Criminal Court’s jurisdiction.  He concludes there is considerable ambiguity, and the key is for those with leverage to use it to pressure the Sudan Armed Forces and Rapid Support Forces to facilitate humanitarian access and to cease using starvation as a weapon of war.