The term ‘trigger mechanism’ emerged during the development of the ICC Statute to refer to the procedural mechanisms by which ICC jurisdiction over a particular situation might be activated. As the concept developed, it became clear that it referred not simply to the commencement of specific investigations of a particular case or individual,1 but rather to the ability to direct the Court’s attention to events in a particular time and place, possibly involving numerous criminal acts, with a view to initiating an exercise of jurisdiction over those events. Since the...
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