January 10, 2005
Legislative History of the Rome Statute
No one would dispute Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni's (DePaul Law) expertise in international criminal law, particularly when the topic is the International Criminal Court. See e.g., Webcast of the Conference on the Establishment and Role of the International Criminal Court (Nov. 10, 2001) conducted by the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights at the University of Cincinnati College of Law
Professor Bassiouni was a driving force behind the establishment of the ICC, having advocated it worldwide for the last 30 years. In 1998, he served as Chairman of the Drafting Committee of the United Nations Diplomatic Conference on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court. Prior to that, from 1996 to 1998, he served as Vice-Chairman of the Preparatory Committee on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court and, in 1995, as Vice Chairman of the ad hoc Committee on an International Criminal Court.
From the publisher's blurb:
This unique work is an article-by-article drafting history of the ICC Statute containing all versions of every article in the Statute as it evolved from 1994 to 1998. It also integrates in the Statute's provisions the "Elements of the Crimes" and the "Rules of Procedure and Evidence" adopted by the preparatory Commission (1998-2000). Other relevant documents are also included, such as those concerning the privileges and immunities and financial regulations of the Court, as well as its relationship with the United Nations.
This documentation constitutes the most comprehensive treatment available of the ICC's applicable law. It also offers an insightful first-hand account of the drafting process both prior to and during the Rome Diplomatic Conference, along with a detailed historical survey of the efforts to establish the ICC.
Each article of the Rome Statute is presented chronologically, along with all its prior versions. These versions comprise the texts transmitted between the Drafting Committee and the Committee of the Whole at the Rome Diplomatic Conference; the text proposed by the 1998 Preparatory Committee on the Establishment of an ICC; the text completed by the Intersessional meeting in Zutphen; the text proposed by the 1995 Ad Hoc Committee on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court; the text proposed by the International Law Commission in 1994. It also contains government proposals made during the 1995-1998 sessions of the Ad Hoc and Preparatory Committees, most of which have not been made public documents. This organization of the legislative history permits the reader to see the complete textual evolution of each article.
A description of the ICC mechanisms and institutions precedes this article-by-article legislative history.
This is a must buy for everyone practicing in the area of international criminal law. Certainly, no academic law library should be without a copy.
ISBN: 1-57105-148-1 (hardcover)
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