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The Law Applicable Under The Rome Statute

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Article 21 specifies the law applicable by the Court, by every organ of it, in the exercise of its jurisdiction, competence and powers. Paragraph 1 is sub-divided into three paragraphs, setting out, in a descending order, the law finding application under the Rome Statute. Paragraph 2 establishes that decisions of the Judiciary of the ICC on the interpretation of the applicable principles and rules of law provide a source of law whereas paragraph 3 renders internationally recognised human rights the bedrock for the application and interpretation of applicable law. This chapter analyses the content of each one of the aforesaid sub-paragraphs of article 21.1.

Keywords: court; human rights; ICC; law applicable; Rome Statute; rules of law



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