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The United States reluctance to join the international criminal law statute: an analysis


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Abstract

The International Criminal Court statute (ICC statute hereinafter) is a treaty based and its jurisdiction is applicable on those states who signs and ratifies the statute. In order to explain the working of the International Criminal Court, it is necessary to define the jurisdiction to which it is applicable. Although the model of the International Court of Justice was available, yet no one had ever tried to create a court with such a wider scope and application. The Predecessor examples of the Nuremberg Tribunals, International Criminal Tribunal Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) etc. had territorial jurisdiction in nature. It means that the ICTR had the jurisdiction over those crimes only which were committed by the Rwandan nationals in the neighboring countries.

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United States, criminal, law

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