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2011, vol. 53, iss. 1, pp. 116-139
Amnesty under international criminal law
Criminology and Police Academy, Belgrade
Project:
Development of Institutional Capacities, Standards and Procedures for Fighting Organized Crime and Terrorism in Climate of International Integrations (MESTD - 179045)

Keywords: amnesty; International Criminal Court; the Rome Statute; serious crimes; principle of complementarity; truth commission; prosecutorial discretion; criminal code
Abstract
In the last few decades, the international community has increased efforts to create instruments for prosecution and punishment of the perpetrators of serious crimes. In this paper, the author is dealing with the treatment of amnesty granted for international crimes within a national jurisdiction by the International Criminal Court. Some particular cases of amnesty prevalent at the time before the adoption of the Rome Statute are discussed. Generally, amnesty was granted by the state in the aftermath of an internal (civil) conflict in order to protect those who had committed the most serious crimes. Amnesty for serious international crimes is a delicate issue which is not clearly defined in the Rome Statute. Therefore, the author pays special attention to some provisions of the Rome Statute which enable the International Criminal Court to react and to assume jurisdiction. A special part of the paper is dedicated to discussion on justification and appropriateness of amnesty for international crimes.
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published in SCIndeks: 23/11/2011

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