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Part 1 Establishment of the Court: Institution de la Cour, Art.4 Legal status and powers of the Court/Régime et pouvoirs juridiques de la Cour

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 July 2024

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

This chapter comments on Article 4 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Article 4 is described as ‘an umbrella provision upon which agreement had been reached, establishing in generic terms the international legal personality of the Court and such functional legal capacity as might be necessary’. Consisting of two paragraphs, the article declares that the Court has ‘international legal personality’, and that the Court may exercise its functions and powers on the territory of any State Party, but only of course to the extent that these are authorized by the Statute itself.

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