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The Crime against Peace and Aggression

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The term &t;aggression,&t; as a legal concept in international law, began to develop meaningfully during the era of the League of Nations. The League of Nations sought to control the limits of the legal license to engage in war. This chapter discusses crime against peace and aggression in two parts: from its origins to the ICC; and the international criminal court. The notion of &t;crimes against peace&t; as established in the IMT and IMTFE has simply fallen into desuatude. Conceptualizing the crime of aggression faces some fundamental political challenges, given the rather unclear limits to, and interplay between, the roles under the United Nations Charter of the Security Council, and other United Nations organs, in maintaining international peace and security.

Keywords: crime against peace; crimes against aggression; International Criminal Court; international law; League of Nations; United Nations



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