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Copyright (c) 2003 Emory University School of Law
Emory International Law Review

COMMENT: THE VICTIMS'S TRUST FUND OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT--FORMATION OF A FUNCTIONAL REPARATIONS SCHEME

Spring, 2003

17 Emory Int'l L. Rev. 187

Author

Peter G. Fischer*

Excerpt

The International Criminal Court heralds a new era in international justice. This new era began on July 1, 2002 1 when the sixtieth state ratified the Rome Statute for the Formation of an International Criminal Court (Rome Statute). The International Criminal Court (ICC or "the Court") is dedicated to prosecuting those individuals who commit the world's most heinous crimes and providing justice for the victims of those crimes. 2 Unlike any other legal institution in history, the ICC holds individuals accountable for egregious violations of international law and pledges to provide restitution for the victims of such crimes from the pockets of the criminal. 3

Over the past sixty years, the international legal community has been dedicated to formulating a world-wide consensus about the legal principles under which an international criminal regime should operate. For the past ten years, the Preparatory Committee for the Formation of an International Criminal Court of the International Legal Commission and the subsequent Preparatory Commission of the International Criminal Court ("PrepCom") have been working to build a consensus on legal principles that would guide international criminal prosecution. With 139 signatories and eighty-seven ratifications of the Rome Statute, an international consensus has clearly been formed. 4

With a unified ICC coalition in place, the focus of the international legal community has shifted. In a speech at the most recent PrepCom session, the Registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) announced: "As I observe the remarkable and unexpectedly ...
 
 
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