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Part 4 Composition and Administration of the Court: Composition et Administration de la Cour, Art.50 Official and working languages/Langues officielles et langues de travail

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: 15 July 2024

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

This chapter comments on Article 50 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Article 50 sets out the official and working languages of the Court. The ‘official languages’ of the Court are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish. The ‘working’ languages of the Court are English and French. In practice, it seems that the Court works largely in English. The Presidency may authorize one of the other four official languages to be used as a working language when the language is understood and spoken by the majority of those involved in a case before the Court and if any of the participants in the proceedings so requests, and more generally whenever the Prosecutor and the defence so request.

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