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Aggression as a continuous offence in light of adoption of Resolution ICC-ASP/16/Res.5 by the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court
Kantur Ruslan

Lawyer, the Department on the Questions of New Challenges and Threats, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia

119200, Russia, Moskva, g. Moscow, ul. Smolenskaya-Sennaya, 32/34


The subject of this work is the analysis of aggression as an international offence and the possibility of realization of jurisdiction by the International Criminal Court (ICC) pertinent to this offense. Leaning on the doctrine of continuous crime, the author sets a goal to answer the question on potential expansion of ICC jurisdiction onto the offence of aggression after activation of such based on the Resolution ICC-ASP/16/Res.5. of the Assembly of State Parties of the ICC with regards to offences stipulated by the Article 8bis of the Rome Statute. A conclusion was made that aggression falls under the definition of continuous offences. Therefore, the author makes an assumption whereby with regards to the acts of aggression, the initial moment of which is preliminary to the Resolution ICC-ASP/16/Res.5, and the final moment is yet to occur, ICC in compliance with the conditions stipulated by the Article 2 of the indicated Resolution is legally qualified to exercise jurisdiction.

Keywords: continuing crimes, jurisdiction ratione temporis, imperative provision, universal jurisdiction, International Criminal Court, aggression, international offences, continuous crimes, military occupation, forced annexation



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