Saturday, March 21, 2009

Discussion of ICC arrest warrant

An interesting discussion at crossroads of opinio-juris and wrongingrights... Available here. I was nervous - around the lawyers who make fun of people- but I made a comment anyway. An extract:
In fact, no State Party to the ICC can act upon the warrant, because Bashir is a sitting head of state. Obviously, that doesn’t deprive the ICC of the right to try him. ( Art. 27(2) of the Rome Statute expressly states that head-of-state immunity won’t bar the court from exercising jurisdiction.) But it does prevent the Court’s warrant from having any legal effect outside of Sudan, because Articles 98(1) and 59(2), respectively, bar arrests that violate international law, and provide a basis for arrestees to challenge their detention in court.

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