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The draft provisions of the London International Assembly, the International Commission for Penal Reconstruction and Development, the United Nations War Crimes Commission, and the 1951 and 1953 Committee on International Criminal Jurisdiction rely on a common idea of State consent and the voluntary relinquishment of jurisdiction to the proposed international criminal court (ICC). The United States proposal during the drafting of the Genocide Convention similarly provided the proposed international criminal court with the competence to find to the effect that a State had either failed to take appropriate measures to bring the accused to justice or failed to impose appropriate punishment. Through Article 18 States are given early notice of the Court?s interest in a situation, permitting them to inform it of their own investigations and prosecutions. The Court and its Prosecutor can reasonably be expected to develop some guidelines and standards for evaluating domestic systems.

Keywords: international criminal court (ICC); London International Assembly; United Nations War Crimes Commission; United States proposal



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