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The Operations of the International Criminal Court a Brief Overview and First Impressions

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The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) entered into force on 1 July 2002. Since then the Court has been busy in preparation for its first trials. It therefore seems timely to reflect on what has occurred since the inception of the Court as a legal entity. This chapter offers a few observations, both on the way in which the Court has conducted itself so far and on how it should conduct itself as it enters what might be called its judicial phase. The crime of aggression is an international crime under the jurisdiction of the Court. The experience makes clear that the Prosecutor has only taken on the most serious cases that cannot or will not be adequately handled by domestic courts.

Keywords: Court's jurisdiction; crime of aggression; International Criminal Court; judicial phase; Rome Statute



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