n Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg - Complementarity in the Line of Fire : the catalysing effect of the International Criminal Court in Uganda and Sudan, Sarah M.H. Nouwen : boekbespreking

Volume 2015, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0257-7747
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2207



The idea that national jurisdictions should have the primary responsibility for trying cases under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) was central to the endeavours of the authors of the Rome Statute to end impunity for the most serious crimes in international law. This has been given effect to by writing into the Rome Statute the principle of complementarity, which, briefly stated, means that the ICC will only assume jurisdiction if national authorities are unwilling or unable to do so. Article 17 of the Rome Statute embodies this principle without referring to the term "complementarity" but deals with it under the title: "Issues of admissibility".

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