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Volume I, s.3 Jurisdiction, 11 Jurisdiction Ratione Materiae, Ch.11.4 The Long Journey towards Repressing Aggression

Giorgio Gaja

From: The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

Edited By: Professor Antonio Cassese, Professor Paola Gaeta, Mr John R.W.D. Jones

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 17 April 2024

There is an apparent paradox in the way aggression is considered in international society. Prohibition of the use of force is considered a basic principle and a serious infringement of this principle is regarded as the foremost example of the controversial category of international crimes of State.1 However, States rarely advocate criminal repression of individuals who cause other States to make that infringement. Political considerations generally get in the way of repression. Insisting on repression of individual crimes is often regarded as an obstacle to peace....
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