n African Security Review - The incorporation of the Rome Statute of the ICC into National Law in South Africa : an act of transformation : feature

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The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court is a multilateral international agreement or treaty. All states have the right to become parties to it. When a state does ratify or accede to it, it incurs international obligations to the other State Parties to the agreement. State Parties must ensure that their domestic laws enable them to comply with its international obligations. Failure adequately to provide for the international obligations is not only undesirable internationally but also domestically. The South African Parliament has incorporated the Rome Statute into national (municipal) law by passing the Implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Act 27 of 2002. This is a commendable step in ensuring that its international obligations are met. Unfortunately, it appears that the scheme of arrest and surrender to the ICC provided for in the South African legislation to give effect to the Rome Statute is somewhat defective. There is no provision for any competent authority, whether a court or the executive branch of government, to issue an order of surrender. This defect should be remedied as soon as possible.


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