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The International Criminal Court In Motion

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In the emerging practice of the Office of the Prosecutor (Office), two areas deserve particular attention as they shape and will continue to shape the activities of the International Criminal Court (&t;Court&t;): firstly, the selection of situations, and secondly, the policy of focused investigations. Few commentators of the Statute have noted that the most distinctive feature of the Court, as compared to the other international tribunals, is the power given to the Court to independently select the situations to investigate. The Rome Statute consolidates the duty of every state to exercise its criminal jurisdiction over those responsible for international crimes and develops a novel system of international cooperation. National States remain primarily responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes committed within their jurisdiction but in addition they have to support a permanent Court whenever and wherever the Court decides to intervene.

Keywords: International Criminal Court; international tribunals; Office of the Prosecutor; Rome Statute



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