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Presentation & Discussion of the Asil Task Force Report on U.S. Policy Towards the International Criminal Court

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1 President Clinton, Statement on the Rome Treaty on the International Criminal Court (Dec. 31, 2000), 37 Weekly Comp. Pres. Doc. 4 (Jan. 8, 2001), reprinted in Sean D. Murphy, United States Practice in International Law, Volume 1: 1999-2001 384 (2002).

2 Id.

3 Marc Grossman, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, American Foreign Policy and the International Criminal Court, Remarks to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C. (May 6, 2002), available at

4 Letter from John R. Bolton, U.S. Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, to Kofi Annan, U.N. Secretary General (May 6, 2002) [hereinafter 2002 U.S. letter to the U.N. Secretary General], available at http://2001-2009.state.gOv/r/pa/prs/ps/2002/9968.htm.

5 Condoleezza Rice, U.S. Secretary of State, Trip Briefing: En Route to San Juan, Puerto Rico, (Mar. 10, 2006),

6 USUN Press Release #020(09), United States Mission to the United Nations, Office of Press and Public Diplomacy, Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative, on Respect for International Humanitarian Law, in the Security Council (Jan. 29, 2009), available at

7 Jonathan Weisman, Obama Starts ‘Urgent Review’ of U.S. Policy Toward Sudan, Wall St. J., Mar. 4, 2009, available at

8 Declaration recognizing the Jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (Jan. 21, 2009) from Ali Khashan, Minister of Justice, Palestinian National Authority, to ICC Registrar, available at The ICC Registrar acknowledged receipt of the declaration on January 23, 2009 “without prejudice to a judicial determination on the applicability of Article 12 paragraph 3” to the declaration. Letter from Silvana Arbia, ICC Registrar, to Ali Khashan, Minister of Justice, Palestinian National Authority (Jan. 23, 2009), available at

9 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties art. 34, opened for signature May 23, 1969, 1155 U.N.T.S. 331, 341 [hereinafter VCLT].

10 Morris, Madeline, High Crimes and Misconceptions: The ICC and Non-party States, 64 Law & Contemp. Probs. 13, 15 (2001).

11 22 Trial of the Major War Criminals Before the International Military Tribunal 466 (1948).

12 Id. at 461.

13 The following analysis is substantially based on a memorandum provided to the ASIL Task Force. Memorandum from Duncan Hollis, Associate Professor of Law, Temple University School of Law to the ASIL Task Force (Dec. 16, 2008) (on file with the ASIL Task Force).

14 VCLT, supra note 9, art. 18. See infra text of Report accompanying notes 33-36.

15 2002 U.S. letter to the U.N. Secretary General, supra note 4.

16 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court art. 86, opened for signature July 17, 1998, 2187 U.N.T.S. 90, 139 (entered into force July 1, 2002).

17 See, in the Report, infra note 212 and accompanying text.


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