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Part 9 International Cooperation and Judicial Assistance: Coopération Internationale Et Assistance Judiciaire, Art.102 Use of terms/Emploi des termes

William A. Schabas

From: The International Criminal Court: A Commentary on the Rome Statute (2nd Edition)

William A Schabas

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 16 June 2024

Elements of crimes — International criminal law, conduct of proceedings — Evidence — Judgments

This chapter comments on Article 102 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. ‘Extradition’ is a concept that raises difficult problems in national legal systems. For example, many States prohibit the extradition of their nationals. Article 102 attempts to address potential difficulties in this area by specifying that transfer of a person by a State to the Court is not ‘extradition’ but rather ‘surrender’. The drafters of the Rome Statute chose to use the term ‘surrender’ to govern the procedure of transfer of a suspect from a State to the Court so as to emphasize the sui generis nature of the process.

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