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International Criminal Court Act 2001

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps have been taken by her Department since the International Criminal Court Act 2001 came into force to publicise its applicability to United Kingdom residents. (180939)

No special measures have been taken to publicise the Act’s applicability to UK residents. The International Criminal Court (ICC) can only take jurisdiction over an offence committed in the UK or by a UK national if our domestic authorities are unable or unwilling to investigate or prosecute the case.

The 2001 Act incorporates the offences of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes into domestic law so that our domestic authorities will always be in a position to investigate and prosecute any ICC crimes committed in this country, or committed overseas by a UK national, a UK resident or a person subject to UK Service jurisdiction.