CSI: The Hague or the ICC just got Jack Bauer-ed

We knew this day was coming. We didn’t know how or exactly when but we knew that someone would eventually make a TV show out of the International Criminal Court. There’s just too much drama, too much character, too much politics not to.

And now it appears to be reality. NBC will begin airing ten episodes of ‘Crossing Lines’ this summer. According to one source, the show

“is a cross-boarder crime drama in which a special unit of criminal investigators working with the International Criminal Court hunt down global criminals and bring them to justice.”

The show stars William Fichtner, Marc Lavoine, and Donald Sutherland in a role that appears to be loosely based on former ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo. Most of the show appears to be focused on Europe (a dream for many ICC critics!) and it remains to be seen if there will be any episodes which more accurately represent the ICC’s focus on African conflicts. An episode on the hunt for Joseph Kony would be wildly popular although I imagine the walk-in surrender of Bosco Ntaganda likely wouldn’t be dramatic enough.

Crossing Lines will undoubtedly be both fun and, with all of the factual inaccuracies, painful to watch. The world of international criminal justice never ceases to amaze.

About Mark Kersten

Mark Kersten is a consultant at the Wayamo Foundation, a Senior Researcher at the Munk School of Global Affairs, and a law student at McGill University Law School. He is also author of the book, 'Justice in Conflict - The Effects of the International Criminal Court's Interventions on Ending Wars and Building Peace' (Oxford University Press, 2016).
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3 Responses to CSI: The Hague or the ICC just got Jack Bauer-ed

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  3. Terry Washington says:

    I have a question_ will any of the war criminals hunted by the ICC in this drama be Americans( servicemen or civilians), or nationals of countries allied with the US more or less formally such as Britons or Israelis or will the “perps” be conveniently Africans(or maybe Asians)???

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