The ICCSt. was adopted at the Diplomatic Conference in Rome on 17 June 1998 by a majority vote. The result of the voting showed a clear opposition of certain countries to the text of the Statute by their negative votes. These opposing states henceforth became third states. Once the treaty was opened for signature on 17 June 1998,1 it soon attained the required number of 60 ratifications for its entry into force, which took place on 1 July 2002 in accordance with Art. 126 ICCSt. Despite the encouraging news that the ICCSt. has been ratified by more than 100...
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