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Part 9 International Cooperation and Judicial Assistance: Coopération Internationale Et Assistance Judiciaire, Art.95 Postponement of execution of a request in respect of an admissibility challenge/Sursis à exécution d’une demande en raison d’une exception d’irrecevabilité

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, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 17 January 2021

Subject(s):
Elements of crimes — Pre-Trial Chamber — International criminal law, conduct of proceedings — Evidence

This chapter comments on Article 95 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Article 95 is part of an ensemble of provisions addressing the modalities of compliance with a request from the Court. It concerns challenges to admissibility, and allows a State to postpone compliance pending resolution of an admissibility challenge. The operation of article 95 is not dependent upon an initial determination by the Court. It is a prerogative that a State may exercise provided the necessary pre-requisites are in place. Thus, ‘the postponement of the execution of a surrender request while an admissibility challenge is pending falls within the prerogatives of the requested State and does not require a Chamber's prior authorization’.

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