428 Until the entry into force of the ICC Statute, general principles were of secondary importance in efforts to codify international criminal law. What was important in practice took precedence: the definition of crimes under international law. 429 A look at the Nuremberg Charter and the Statutes of the international criminal Tribunals created by the UN Security Council illuminates the subordinate status of general principles. The few special rules placed ‘outside the brackets’ of the definitions of crimes neither possess substantive similarities with general...
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