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South Africa and the International Criminal Court

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In view of the post-apartheid re-incorporation of South Africa into the international community and the government’s commitment, in principle at least, to honour the country’s international obligations, the ratification of not only the major multilateral human rights conventions, but also the 1977 Geneva Protocols became a reality in the few years following the first democratic elections in 1994. Of special significance though, is the ratification on 10 November 2000 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC Statute) and the subsequent drafting of national implementation legislation, which is about to become law as the International Criminal Court Bill 2001. These latter developments form the subject-matter of this article, but before the substantive issues are further dealt with, the broader constitutional and policy issues are taken note of.


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