YFIL Lecture - Dapo Akande - The International Criminal Court and the Crime of Aggression
The International Criminal Court
and the Crime of Aggression
Thursday, April 1
1:10 - 2:00 PM
The Statute of the International Criminal Court gives the Court jurisdiction over the crime of aggression once the States Parties to the Statute adopt a definition for the crime. The States Parties will meet this summer to review the Statute. The main item on the agenda is the proposal to adopt a definition for aggression and thereby activate the Court's jurisdiction over aggression.
Negotiations have been ongoing on the definition of the crime and on the conditions under which the Court will have jurisdiction to prosecute it. Thus far there have been two key stumbling blocks to inclusion of the crime within the jurisdiction of the court. First, the definition of the crime, and second, whether ICC should be required to get approval from the Security Council on each occasion before exercising jurisdiction.
Dapo Akande, Co-Director of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict, will review these developments and offer proposals on what the ICC States Parties should do.