The Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals 4 : 165–170, 2005 © 2005 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands. THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT A NNALISA C IAMPI The current column covers the period from 1 st November 2004 to 31 st January 2005. I. O VERVIEW Since the Statute entered into force on 1 st July 2002, three States Parties – the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Uganda and the Central African Republic (CAR) 1 – have referred situations concerning crimes committed in their respective territories to the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP). 2 One could call “self-referrals” those referrals coming from the governments that are most directly concerned in the situations. Although the possibility for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to exercise its jurisdiction upon a referral by a State Party was probably not conceived with this hypothesis in mind, no provision in the Statute makes referral by a State conditional on the absence of any connection between the referring State and the situation in which crimes appear to have been committed therein. The Chief Prosecutor, Mr. Luis Moreno Ocampo, opened investigations into the situations in Uganda and the DRC. 3 These determinations were
The Law & Practice of International Courts and Tribunals – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2005
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