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The Review Conference on the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, Kampala, Uganda, 31 May-11 June 2010

Australian International Law Journal
Volume 16 (2009)

Abstract: Article 123 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court mandated a Review Conference, seven years after the Statute came into force, to 'consider any amendments to the Statute'. This article focuses on the three potential amendments that were forwarded by the governing body of the Court to the Review Conference scheduled in Kampala, Uganda, 31 May to 11 June 2010. These were: (a) whether to delete article 124 of the Rome Statute (which permits a ratifying or acceding State to opt out of the application of the war crimes provisions of the Statute for actions on its territory or by its nationals); (b) how to activate the Court's jurisdiction over the crime of aggression (by concluding a definition of the crime and setting out the conditions for the exercise of jurisdiction; and (c) the question of extending prohibition of the use of certain weapons (poisons, asphyxiating gases and expanding bullets) from international armed conflict into non-international armed conflict. The Conference is also expected to engage in a wide-ranging stocktaking of the Court's successes and failures. Proposed amendments that were not forwarded to Kampala will be the subject of a new working group to be established late in 2010.

To cite this article: Clark, Roger S. The Review Conference on the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, Kampala, Uganda, 31 May-11 June 2010 [online]. Australian International Law Journal, Vol. 16, 2009: [9]-27. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=562139091502656;res=IELHSS> ISSN: 1325-5029. [cited 06 Feb 16].

Personal Author: Clark, Roger S; Source: Australian International Law Journal, Vol. 16, 2009: [9]-27 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1325-5029 Subject: International law; International offenses; Crimes against humanity; War crimes; International criminal courts; Conference proceedings; Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (1998); Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Board of Governors Professor, Rutgers Law School, Camden, New Jersey

Database: Humanities & Social Sciences Collection