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Amending the Rome Statute to the International Criminal Court

The Eighth Session of the Assembly of Parties to the Rome Statute will take place from November 18 to November 26. The Agenda and many of the relevant documents have been posted to the Session’s website. One of the critical activities that will be discussed at this session is the upcoming Review Conference. Under Article 123 of the Statute, seven years after the Statute has entered into force, the Secretary-General is to convene a Review Conference to consider amendments to the Statute. The Review Conference is to take place in Kampala, Uganda from the 31st of May until the 11th of June, 2010.

In preparation for the Review Conference, the proposed amendments have been collected and can be found in this document. In addition to a proposal to define the as-of-yet undefined crime of aggression, proposals seek to create a number of new crimes, in particular terrorism and international drug trafficking. There are also proposals to add to the content of the an existing crime, War Crimes, by adding 1) the employing or threatening to employ nuclear weapons, 2) the use of poisons or poisoned weapons, the use of chemical, biological, or other such agents, and 3) the use of expanding or flattening weapons.

The Session should be quite interesting.

(HT: Institute for Law, Science and Global Security)

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Anthony Clark Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

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