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  • Print publication year: 2011
  • Online publication date: June 2014

Foreword

Summary

A historic achievement of the Review Conference of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court held in Kampala in June 2010 was the adoption of amendments to the Rome Statute defining the crime of aggression and how the Court would exercise jurisdiction over this crime. Defining the crime of aggression had been on the international agenda for nearly a century and there was scepticism leading up to the Conference about whether delegates would be able to agree on proposed amendments given their divergent positions on many issues.

This volume chronicles the evolution of the crime of aggression: from its historic roots in 1919 and its promulgation at Nuremburg, to its inclusion in the Rome Statute, the lead-up to the Review Conference and ultimately the adoption of the aggression resolution at Kampala. More importantly, the volume provides a comprehensive account of the negotiating and drafting history of the amendment proposals put before the Review Conference and the subsequent negotiations that took place. The authors are to be commended for compiling the travaux préparatoires into one resource and giving the reader direct and unfettered access to the original sources, which include selected unpublished documents.