ROME STATUTE OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT
PART 1. ESTABLISHMENT OF THE
An International Criminal Court ("the Court") is hereby established. It
shall be a permanent institution and shall have the power to exercise its
jurisdiction over persons for the most serious crimes of international
concern, as referred to in this Statute, and shall be complementary to
national criminal jurisdictions. The jurisdiction and functioning of the
Court shall be governed by the provisions of this Statute.
Relationship of the Court with the United Nations
The Court shall be brought into relationship with the United Nations through
an agreement to be approved by the Assembly of States Parties to this Statute
and thereafter concluded by the President of the Court on its behalf.
Seat of the Court
seat of the Court shall be established at The Hague in the Netherlands
("the host State").
Court shall enter into a headquarters agreement with the host State, to
be approved by the Assembly of States Parties and thereafter concluded
by the President of the Court on its behalf.
Court may sit elsewhere, whenever it considers it desirable, as provided
in this Statute.
Legal status and powers of the Court
Court shall have international legal personality. It shall also have such
legal capacity as may be necessary for the exercise of its functions and
the fulfilment of its purposes.
Court may exercise its functions and powers, as provided in this Statute,
on the territory of any State Party and, by special agreement, on the territory
of any other State.
Preamble || Part 2