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International Crimes in the Rome Statute

Author(s): Dragan Jovašević
Subject(s): Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence, Criminal Law
Published by: Правни факултет Универзитета у Нишу
Keywords: International Criminal Law; crime; Rome Statute; International Criminal Court; criminal liability; penalties

Summary/Abstract: Once the Rome Statute of the permanent International Criminal Court entered into force on 1st July 2002, this event finally marked the development of a new branch of criminal law – International Criminal Law. International Criminal Law, as a system of legal rules contained in the documents of the international community and national (internal) criminal laws of individual states, envisages criminal liability and punishment for a vast number of international crimes. These crimes include acts of breaching war laws and rules of warfare (envisaged in International Humanitarian Law), and acts of causing harm or endagering peace among nations and the security of mankind. The Court has jurisdiction in the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression. In the international law as well as in the national legislations, the perpetrators of these criminal acts are subject to most severe penalties and measures of punishment known in the criminal law today. In specific circumstances, the perpetrators of these crimes are subject to the primary jurisdiction of international criminal court (supra-national) authorities, such as the international military tribunals of Nuremberg or Tokyo, the Hague tribunal, the International Criminal Court established under the Rome Statute, etc. In this paper, the author has explored the notions and characteristics of international crimes within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court envisaged in the Rome Statute. This study is aimed at providing a comprehensive analysis of substantive characteristics of these criminal offences, which are also envisaged in the provisions of the new Criminal Code of the Republic of Serbia adopted in 2005.

  • Issue Year: LI/2013
  • Issue No: 65
  • Page Range: 201-218
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Serbian