Volume I, s.3 Jurisdiction, 17 ‘Trigger Mechanisms’, Ch.17.1 Referral by States Parties
Philippe Kirsch, Darryl Robinson
Edited By: Professor Antonio Cassese, Professor Paola Gaeta, Mr John R.W.D. Jones
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...