The Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court

Analysis of the Statute, the Rules of Procedure and Evidence, the Regulations of the Court and Supplementary Instruments

The Rome Statute and sequential establishment of the ICC is a milestone in the history of man. It inaugurates a new era of the supremacy of the law as the goal of humanity rendering everyone, independently of rank or position, liable for the commission of the heinous crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court; genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and aggression. The object is to end immunity and leave no quarter to people committing crimes that have scarred and defaced humanity.

The book analyses every aspect of the Statute and supplementary instruments, eliciting the framework of its enforcement. Alongside the case law of the Court is reviewed.

The book is particularly useful to practitioners of international criminal law and of great interest to practitioners of criminal law as well as students of the history of mankind and the establishment of institutions crucial to the future of humanity.
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Biographical Note

Georghios M. Pikis- LLB, Barrister-at-Law. He served as a judge since 1966, President of the Supreme Court of Cyprus (1995-2004) and judge of the Appeals Chamber of the ICC since 2003 and full-time since 2004, being the first president of the Appeals Division. He has written a number of books on law and human rights in Greek and English.

Table of contents

Chapter I. Introduction:
I. The establishment of the International Criminal Court; II. The Preamble to the Rome Statute; III. The Rules of Procedure and Evidence; IV. Evidence; V. Regulations of the Court;
Chapter II. Status, Complexion and Inherent Powers of The International Criminal Court
Chapter III. Composition of The Court:
I. Introduction; II. Election of judges and their assignment to Divisions; III. The Office of the Prosecutor; IV. The Registry; V. The Presidency; VI. Plenary sessions;
Chapter IV. Competence – Jurisdiction – Admissibility:
I. Competence; II. Jurisdiction; III. Admissibility; IV. Crimes amenable to the jurisdiction of the Court;
Chapter V. The Law Applicable under The Rome Statute:
I. Article 21.1; II. Article 21.2; III. Article 21.3;
Chapter VI. The Judiciary: Pre-Trial, Trial and Appeals Chambers:
I. Independence and impartiality of Judges; II. The Trial; III. Appeals;
Chapter VII. Offences Against the Administration of Justice and Misconduct:
I. Offences against the administration of justice; II. Sanctions for Misconduct before the Court;
Chapter VIII. The Office Of The Prosecutor:
I. General; II. Privileges and Immunities of Judges, the Prosecutor, Deputy Prosecutor(s), and Registrar; III. Investigations; IV. Proprio Motu Investigations by the Prosecutor; V. Article 53;
Chapter IX. Victims And Witnesses:
I. Protection of Victims and Witnesses; II. Participation of Victims in judicial proceedings; III. The Definition of a Victim;
Chapter X. Counsel:
I. Right to legal assistance; II. Qualifications for enrolment in the roster of Defence Counsel; III. Code of Professional Conduct for Counsel; IV. Office of Public Counsel for the Defence;
Chapter XI. International Cooperation and Judicial Assistance;


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