An International Criminal Court: Applying World Law to Individuals

TitleAn International Criminal Court: Applying World Law to Individuals
Publication TypeMonographs
Year of Publication1992
AuthorsMacPherson BF

This monograph discusses World Federalist proposal for an International Criminal Court, including particulars regarding composition & election of Judges, jurisdiction, trial procedures, imposition of penalties and mode of appeal. (With supplement on 1998 Rome statute) - 70 pages.

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Excerpts from Mr. MacPherson's Conclusions:
An international criminal court would be a valuable adjunct in the fight against international crime. By providing an unbiased alternative to domestic courts, the reluctance of states to extradite their own nationals or persons accused of political crimes should be lessened. The court should, therefore, ensure that a greater number of international criminals are held accountable, and would reduce the international friction that is frequently caused by extradition requests. An international criminal court would represent a powerful symbol of the community of nations' commitment to a world order that is based upon the rule of law and of the determination by that community that international crimes not go unpunished.

(Excerpts taken from page 49 of Monograph 10)

[Note: The Rome Statute providing for an International Criminal Court (ICC) was adopted in 1998 and came into force on July 1, 2002. Subsequently 18 judges have been elected and a prosecutor has been appointed by the Conference of the Parties. ]