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UNITED NATIONS, July 4 (LSN.ca) – United Nations talks defining the rules and definitions of crimes and prosecution for the International Criminal Court came to a close Friday. Negotiations will continue in November. US efforts to ensure that Americans would not be prosecuted by the court were denied. Delegates from over 100 countries reaffirmed that the court would have universal jurisdiction to try individuals from countries which have agreed to the statute and those which have not. Meanwhile in Canada Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy has appointed Irwin Cotler, Member of Parliament for Mount Royal, as his Special Advisor for the International Criminal Court (ICC). Mr. Cotler is a former Professor of Law at McGill University and is heavily involved in humanitarian law.

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