UNITED NATIONS, Mar. 12, 2001 ( – The Preparatory Commission for the International Criminal Court (ICC) concluded its seventh session Friday. The ICC will have universal jurisdiction once 60 countries have ratified the ICC’s Rome Statute. Currently 139 countries have signed the statute and 29 have ratified it. Last week a representative from the Netherlands said a suitable location in The Hague had been identified that would fulfill all the requirements for the functioning of the Court.

The UN’s documentation notes that the Court will have universal jurisdiction even over the as-yet undefined crime of aggression. “The Court will be a permanent judicial body that will investigate and bring to justice individuals who commit the most serious violations of international humanitarian law, namely, genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, and, once defined, the crime of aggression.” The Preparatory Commission is to stay in effect until the 60th country has ratified the agreement. The Commission noted that the ICC’s power to prosecute “crimes” will not be retroactive. “The Court will only have jurisdiction over crimes that are committed after the Rome Statute enters into force. Another session of the Preparatory Commission is set for 24 September to 5 October this year.

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