Journal Article

Amending the Amendment Provisions of the Rome Statute

Andreas Zimmermann

in Journal of International Criminal Justice

Volume 10, issue 1, pages 209-227
Published in print March 2012 | ISSN: 1478-1387
Published online February 2012 | e-ISSN: 1478-1395 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jicj/mqs002
Amending the Amendment Provisions of the Rome Statute

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The adoption, in Kampala in June 2010, of amendments to the Rome Statute on the crime of aggression was hailed as a historic milestone in the development of the International Criminal Court (ICC). However, the manner in which these amendments are supposed to enter into force runs the risk of undermining the rules of the international law of treaties, as well as the legality and acceptability of the Kampala compromise itself. The author examines the relevant amendment procedures provided for in the ICC Statute and the compatibility with them of the amendment procedure chosen in Kampala and ultimately warns of the legal consequences which may follow from the Review Conference's somewhat-Alexandrian solution.

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Subjects: Criminal Law ; International Law

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