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Ne bis in idem in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

Nuridzhanian, Gaiane; (2020) Ne bis in idem in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London).

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Abstract

This thesis is dedicated to the principle of ne bis in idem in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Ne bis in idem, or the principle that a person shall not be tried twice in the same matter, is embodied in three separate ne bis in idem rules in Article 20 of the Rome Statute. The thesis examines in detail the precise content and function of each of the ne bis in idem rules in Article 20 of the Rome Statute. The meaning of each rule is established in accordance with the customary international law rules of treaty interpretation. The relevance of other rules of international law, and in particular of international human rights law, to the interpretation and application of the rule is discussed. Finally, a comparison is drawn with the ne bis in idem rules in the law and practice of other international criminal courts and the ne bis idem guarantee in domestic law. The analysis of Article 20 of the Rome Statute shows that there exist in the Rome Statute no single ‘ne bis in idem principle’. The content of ‘ne bis in idem principle’ in the Rome Statute varies depending on the circumstances in which it applies. The ne bis in idem rules in Article 20, which embody the principle, constitute a complex and idiosyncratic formula. This formula may appear to consist of a disjointed patchwork of legal rules. However, a closer examination reveals that Article 20 forms a coherent set of rules which seek to realise the same aim of protecting the person’s interest in not being tried twice for the same matter while respecting a fundamental aspect of the legal system in which they operate: the complementary nature of the ICC’s jurisdiction.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Ne bis in idem in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court
Event: University College London
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2020. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Laws
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10096249
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