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Part 4 Composition and Administration of the Court: Composition et Administration de la Cour, Art.48 Privileges and immunities/Privilèges et immunités

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: 17 June 2024

Immunity from jurisdiction — Judges — Elements of crimes — International criminal law, conduct of proceedings — Evidence

This chapter comments on Article 48 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. International organizations require privileges and immunities in order to facilitate their functions. Privileges and immunities are granted to individuals not for their own personal benefit, but to enable the institution to operate with expedience and independence. Article 48 consists of five paragraphs that deal with the privileges and immunities of the Court itself, of its judges and senior officials, its staff, and those who are actually involved in the proceedings, such as counsel, witnesses, and experts. The final paragraph provides for waiver of the immunity.

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