International Criminal Law Review 1: 315–342, 2001. © 2002 Kluwer Law International. Printed in the Netherlands. 315 From ‘Raison d’État’ to ‘état de droit international’ – Amnesties and the French implementation of the Rome Statute ∗ KARLIJN VAN DER VOORT † & MARTEN ZWANENBURG ‡ Faculty of Law, Hugo de Grootstraat 27, 2300 AR, Leiden, The Netherlands ‘La raison d’ ´ Etat ne sauraît justifier les crimes contre les droits fondamentaux de l’humanit ´ e’ Elisabeth Guigou, Minister of Justice of France ‘Nous pourrons simplement dire que nous aurons franchi une ´ etape dans la construction longue et d ´ efinitive d’un ´ etat de droit international’ Jean-Luc Warsmann, member of the French Assembl´ee Na- tionale Part I: Amnesties and the Duty to Prosecute Serious Violations of Human Rights Introduction The present state of international law on the concept of amnesty is still un- settled. While on the one hand, authors and international case law seem to agree that amnesties for certain international crimes are prohibited, 1 state practice seems to point in another direction. 2 The creation of the International Criminal Court (’ICC’) can be seen as an important milestone in this respect. The Statute of the
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Published: Jan 1, 2001
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