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What is an 'Unwilling' or 'Unable' Jurisdiction Under Article 17 of the Rome Statute? Lessons from International Law's Theories of 'Denial of Justice' (Qu'Est Ce Qu'Une Juridiction 'Incapable' Ou 'Manquant De Volonte' Au Sens De L'Article 17 Du Traite De Rome? Quelques Enseignements Tires Des Theories Du Deni De Justice En Droit International).

Québécois Review of International Law, 2005

12 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2008  

Frederic Megret

McGill University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: October 2, 2005

Abstract

The exact definition of an "unwilling or unable" state or jurisdiction under the International Criminal Court Statute, which is crucial to the functioning of complementarity, remains elusive. This article proposes to explore the nineteenth and early twentieth century origins of "denial of justice" under international law theories as an early and illuminating analog for the dilemmas of complementarity. It finds that the ICC could learn a lot from engagement with this rich case law which of state responsibility and exceptions to the rule of exhaustion of local remedies.

Notes: Downloadable document is in French.

Keywords: International criminal court, unwilling, unable, complementarity, denial of justice

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Megret, Frederic, What is an 'Unwilling' or 'Unable' Jurisdiction Under Article 17 of the Rome Statute? Lessons from International Law's Theories of 'Denial of Justice' (Qu'Est Ce Qu'Une Juridiction 'Incapable' Ou 'Manquant De Volonte' Au Sens De L'Article 17 Du Traite De Rome? Quelques Enseignements Tires Des Theories Du Deni De Justice En Droit International). (October 2, 2005). Québécois Review of International Law, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1277523

Frédéric Mégret (Contact Author)

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