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The establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC) by the Rome Statute constitutes a milestone in the history of man. For the first time a court was established with jurisdiction over individuals across the world, responsible for crimes afflicting the core of humanity irrespective of race, nationality, residence or position. The Rome Statute is supplemented by the Rules of Procedure and Evidence, an enactment designed to establish the procedural framework, the adjectival law, within which proceedings before the Court should be initiated and conducted. The principles governing the submission of evidence are prescribed by article 69 of the Statute. Article 52 binds the judges of the Court to evolve and adopt Regulations of the Court necessary for its routine functioning to be adopted by an absolute majority of the judges. The Regulations of the Court follow closely the order and structure of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence.

Keywords: article 69; humanity; International Criminal Court (ICC); Rome Statute; Rules of Procedure and Evidence

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