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Crimes Subject to ICC Jurisdiction

Learn about the crimes the ICC is empowered to prosecute and what elements they require for conviction.


I.               Subject Matter Jurisdiction

The International Criminal Court is intended to be an exceptional body, prosecuting the most heinous offenses only when no other venue is available. As such, the crimes over which it has jurisdiction are limited. At its inception in 2002, the Court only had jurisdiction to review three crimes. These were genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. At that time, they also...