The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court: A Commentary

Hardcover | July 25, 2002

EditorAntonio Cassese, Paola Gaeta, John R.W.D. Jones

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The International Criminal Court (ICC) officially came into existence in July 2002 following the 60th ratification of the Rome Statute, heralding a new era for the effective prosecution and punishment of serious violations of international humanitarian law - genocide, war crimes and crimesagainst humanity. This two volume Commentary takes a thematic look at the whole of international criminal law, appraising the contributions of international tribunals such as the Nuremberg and Tokyo Tribunals and the ad hoc Tribunals for Yugoslavia and Rwanda, as well as those of national courts. It re-examines thecase law developed by these courts and tribunals, establishes to what extent the Rome Statute codifies this body of law or instead departs from it, and makes a critical assessment of the Statute as a viable working tool for international criminal justice. A third volume contains the texts of theStatute, the Rules of Procedure and Evidence and Elements of Crimes. Written by an outstanding international team of experts under the general editorship of Antonio Cassese, Paola Gaeta, and John R.W.D. Jones, this timely companion to the burgeoning field of international criminal law will be of interest to international legal scholars, practitioners and judges, andto all those who are interested in the administration of international justice and the workings of international institutions.Antonio Cassese is the Editor of the Journal of International Criminal Justice. To read sample articles from the journal visit:

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The International Criminal Court (ICC) officially came into existence in July 2002 following the 60th ratification of the Rome Statute, heralding a new era for the effective prosecution and punishment of serious violations of international humanitarian law - genocide, war crimes and crimesagainst humanity. This two volume Commentary ta...

Judge Antonio Cassese is Professor of International Law at Florence University, Former President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and former Presiding Judge of Trial Chamber II, member of the Institut de droit international. Paola Gaeta is Associate Professor of International Law, Florence University J...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:2355 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 6.01 inPublished:July 25, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Volume I: 1. The Path to Rome and Beyond1. Antonio Cassese: From Nuremburg to Rome: From Ad Hoc International Criminal Tribunals to the International Criminal Court2. The Drafting History and Further DevelopmentsJames Crawford: 2.1 The Work of the International Law CommissionAdriaan Bos: 2.2 From the International Law Commission to the Rome Conference (1994 - 1998)Philippe Kirsch, QC and Darryl Robinson: 2.3 Reaching Agreement at the Rome ConferencePhilippe Kirsch, QC, and Valerie Oosterveld: 2.4 The Post-Rome Conference Preparatory CommissionWilliam R. Pace and Jennifer Schense: 2.5 The Role of Non-Governmental Organizations3. Alain Pellet: Entry into Force and Amendment of the Statute2. Structure of the ICC4. The CourtAdriaan Bos: 4.1 Seat of the CourtFrancesca Martines: 4.2 Legal Status and Powers of the CourtLuigi Condorelli and Santiago Villalpando: 4.3 Relationship of the Court with the United NationsJohn R. W. D. Jones: 4.4 Composition of the Court5. John R. W. D. Jones: The Office of the Prosecutor6. John R. W. D. Jones: The Registry and Staff7. John R. W. D. Jones: Duties of Officials8. Herve Ascensio: Privileges and Immunities9. Adriaan Bos: Assembly of States Parties10. Mahnoush Arsanjani: Financing3. Jurisdiction11. Jurisdiction ratione materiae (Subject-Matter Jurisdiction)Antonio Cassese: 11.1 GenocideAntonio Cassese: 11.2 Crimes Against HumanityMichael Bothe: 11.3 War CrimesGiorgio Gaja: 11.4 The Long Journey Towards Repressing AggressionMauro Politi: 11.5 Elements of the CrimesSusanne Walther: 11.6 Cumulation of OffencesPatrick Robinson: 11.7 The Missing Crimes12. Micaela Frulli: Jurisdiction ratione personae13. Stephane Bourgon: Jurisdiction ratione temporis14. Stephane Bourgon: Jurisdiction ratione loci15. Santiago Villalpando and Luigi Condorelli: Can the Security Council Extend the ICC's Jurisdiction?16. Hans-Peter Kaul: Preconditions to the Exercise of Jurisdiction17. `Trigger Mechanisms'Philippe Kirsch QC and Darryl Robinson: 17.1 Referral by State PartiesLuigi Condorelli and Santiago Villalpando: 17.2 Referral and Deferral by the Security CouncilPhilippe Kirsch and Darryl Robinson: 17.3 Initiation of Proceedings by the Prosecutor18. Issues of Admissibility and JurisdictionJohn T. Holmes: 18.1 Complementarity: National Courts versus the ICC Michael Bohlander: 18.2 Possible Conflicts of Jurisdiction with Ad Hoc International TribunalsJohn Dugard: 18.3 Possible Conflicts of Jurisdiction with Truth CommissionsChristine van den Wyngaert and Tom Ongena: 18.4 Ne bis in idem Principle, including the Issue of Amnesty4.General Principles of International Criminal Law19. Susan Lamb: Nullum crimen, nulla poena sine lege in International Criminal Law20. Albin Eser: Individual Criminal Responsibility21. Kai Ambos: Superior Responsibility22. Christine van den Wyngaert and John Dugard: Non-applicability of Statute of Limitations23. Albin Eser: Mental Elements - Mistakes of Fact and Law24. DefencesAntonio Cassese: 24.1 Justifications and Excuses in International Criminal LawAndreas Zimmerman: 24.2 Superior OrdersPaola Gaeta: 24Official Capacity and ImmunitiesKai Ambos: .3 Other Grounds for Excluding Criminal ResponsibilityVolume II: 5. The Statute and General International Law25. Alain Pellet: Applicable Law26. Pierre Marie Dupuy: International Criminal Responsibility of the Individual and International Responsibility of the State27. Mohamed Bennouna: The Statute's Rules on Crimes and Existing or Developing International Law6. International Criminal Proceedings28. Fabricio Guariglia: The Rules of Procedure and Evidence - An Overview29. InvestigationGiuliano Turone: 29.1 Powers and Duties of the ProsecutorSalvatore Zappala: 29.2 Rights of Persons During an Investigation30. Pre-Trial ProceedingsOlivier Fourmy: 30.1 Powers of the Pre-Trial ChambersMichele Marchesiello: 30.2 Proceedings Before the Pre-Trial ChamberBert Swart: 30.3 Arrest Proceedings in the Custodial State31. Trial ProceedingsFrank Terrier: 31.1 Powers of the Trial ChamberFrank Terrier: 31.2 Proceedings before the Trial ChamberSalvatore Zappala: 31.3 The Rights of the AccusedJohn R. W. D. Jones: 31.4 Protection of Victims and WitnessesPeter Malanczuk: 31.5 Protection of National Security Interests32. Claude Jorda and Jerome de Hemptinne: The Status and Role of the Victim33. Steven Kay QC and Bert Swart: The Role of the Defence34. Alphons Orie: Accusatorial versus Inquisitorial Approach in International Criminal Proceedings35. William A. Schabas: Penalties36. Robert Roth and Marc Henzelin: The Appeal Procedure of the ICC37. Anne-Marie La Rosa: Revision Procedure under the ICC Statute38. Salvatore Zappala: Compensation to an Arrested or Convicted Person7. International Cooperation and Judicial Assistance39. Bert Swart: General Problems40. Annalisa Ciampi: The Obligation to Cooperate41. Bert Swart: Arrest and Surrender42. Annalisa Ciampi: Other Forms of Cooperation8. Enforcement43. Claus Kress and Goran Sluiter: Preliminary Remarks44. Claus Kress and Goran Sluiter: Imprisonment45. Claus Kress and Goran Sluiter: Fines and Forfeiture Orders9. Application and Impact of the Rome Statute46. Alain Pellet: Settlement of Disputes47. Darryl Robinson: The Rome Statute and its Impact on National Law48. Gennady M. Danilenko: ICC Statute and Third States10.Final Analysis and Suggestions49. The Board of Editors: The Rome Statute: A Tentative Assessment50. Mireille Delmas-Marty: The ICC and the Interaction of International and National Legal Systems51. Robert Badinter: International Criminal Justice: From Dusk to DawnMaterials VolumeThe Text of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal CourtRules of Procedure and EvidenceElements of the Crimes

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