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The Gravity Threshold Of The International Criminal Court, Susana Sácouto, Katherine A. Cleary Apr 2012

The Gravity Threshold Of The International Criminal Court, Susana Sácouto, Katherine A. Cleary

Susana L. SáCouto

From its inception, the world's first permanent International Criminal Court ("ICC" or "Court") was envisioned as a body that would preside over only those cases of most serious concern to the international community as a whole. Thus, the Court's subject matter jurisdiction is limited to the international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression. Moreover, Article 17(1)(d) of the Rome Statute provides that the Court shall determine that a case is inadmissible where the case is not of sufficient gravity to justify further action by the Court. This so-called "gravity threshold" has played a …