The main aim of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is to prosecute the most serious crimes of concern to the international community. One of the most valued features of the ICC is the independent position of the Prosecutor in selecting situations and cases to investigate. The Prosecutor, however, has been heavily criticized for his selection policy and countries from the African Union even threatened to withdraw from the ICC because of its alleged bias and unfair focus on African political leaders. In this article we present the results of our explorative study in which we empirically evaluate the situations selection policy of the ICC Prosecutor. We conclude that given the ICC's limited jurisdictional reach, the Prosecutor is generally focusing on the gravest situations where international crimes are supposedly committed. copy; 2015 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands.