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International Criminal Court (ICC): Discuss the history of the formation and impact on international war crimes

Your law firm's international law partner, Mr. Europe, who spends most of his working time in the United States, has been asked to speak at the international law conference in Paris, France. Because all of the senior partners at your firm are busy with the expansion, Mr. Attorney advises you that Mr. Europe needs your help researching information regarding the International Criminal Court (ICC). He also explains that your research needs to be formatted into a memo for which Mr. Europe will use in his speech on international war crimes.

Create a memo in which you discuss the history regarding the formation of the International Criminal Court (ICC). You must also explain whether the ICC has any impact on international war crimes.

For full credit, you must address, explain, and where possible provide examples of the following in your memo:

* Discuss and explain the International Criminal Court (ICC).
* Discuss the history regarding the formation of the ICC.
* Explain whether the ICC has any impact on international war crimes.
* List and describe the sources of law that the ICC might utilize when trying a case.
* Cite at least 2 sources from the library or the Internet.

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Discuss and explain the International Criminal Court (ICC): The International Criminal Court was created as an independent institution which would maintain a relationship with the United Nations. The International Criminal Court is composed of four different divisions, Presidency, Judicial Divisions, Office of the Prosecutor, and Registry. Each different division has their own responsibilities that they must administer for the Court.

For more specific information on what each division does, please see:
Source: http://www.icc-cpi.int/Menus/ICC/Structure+of+the+Court/

Discuss the history regarding the formation of the ICC:

(Please be advised that much of the historical information of the ICC was obtained from resources, therefore, not much is in my own words).

The International Criminal Court was attempted at creation many times, before it was actually accepted by the United Nations. They attempted to draft statutes in the early 1950's. However, "the Cold War stymied these efforts and the General Assembly effectively abandoned the effort pending agreement on a definition for the crime of aggression and an international Code of Crimes". There were many international crimes being committed in the years thereafter. In June 1989, "Trinidad and Tobago resurrected a pre-existing proposal for the establishment of an ICC and the UN GA asked that the ILC resume its work on drafting a statute. The conflicts in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia as well as in Rwanda in ...

Solution Summary

This solution discusses the International Criminal Court, including its history, whether it has any impact on international war crimes, and sources of law it may use when trying a case. References are provided so student's can engage in further research and reading.

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