Legal Bodies

International Bodies

The International Criminial Court (ICC): The ICC was established by Rome Statute. The ICC only has the power to investigate and prosecute four core international crimes: genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression. These crimes have no statue of limitations (it’s quite common for these types of crimes to be tried years, sometimes decades, after they’ve been committed because they can be very hard to prove.) The ICC only has jurisdiction in cases in which states are “unable” or “unwilling” to prosecute these cases themselves. The ICC also only has jurisdiction over crimes if they are committed in the territory of a signatory state or committed by a citizen or national of a signatory state. The exception to this is if the United Nations Security Council awards jurisdiction to the ICC.

Regional Bodies