For all its imperfections, the Statute of the International Criminal Court, adopted on 17 July 1998 by the Rome Diplomatic Conference,1 was a major breakthrough in the effective enforcement of international criminal law. It marks the culmination of a process started at Nuremberg and Tokyo and further developed through the establishment of the ad hoc Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and Rwanda (ICTR). The Statute crystallizes the whole body of law that has gradually emerged over the past fifty years in the international community in this particularly...
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