Theodor Meron

in War Crimes Law Comes of Age

Published in print January 1999 | ISBN: 9780198268567
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683534 | DOI:

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The adoption of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court on July 17, 1998, is an event of historic importance. Although it is too early to assess the prospects of the effectiveness of the Court and many aspects of its Statute, this is not the case with regard to the statement of the crimes contained in Articles 6–8. These Articles, now part of treaty law, not only constitute the principal offenses that the ICC will try, but will take on a life of their own as an authoritative and largely customary statement of international humanitarian and criminal law, and may thus become a model for national laws to be enforced under the principle of universality of jurisdiction. In terms of substantive humanitarian law, these Articles are the most important part of the Statute. They will have great influence on the practice and the doctrine, even before the Statute enters into effect.

Keywords: humanitarian law; Rome Statute; criminal court; criminal law

Chapter.  2287 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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