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On September 10, 2018, in his first major speech as U.S. National Security Adviser, John R. Bolton reiterated that the ICC lacked checks and balances, exercised “jurisdiction over crimes that have controversial and obscure definitions” and failed to “deter and punish atrocities.” Bolton said the ICC is “unnecessary” because “national judicial systems already meet the highest legal and ethical standards for American citizens.” He added that the United States would do everything in its power to protect our citizens if the ICC attempts to prosecute U.S. soldiers for alleged abuse of detainees in Afghanistan. In this case, ICC judges and prosecutors would be barred from entering the United States, their funds to the United States would be sanctioned and the United States would “pursue them in the U.S. criminal system. We will do the same for any company or state that supports a U.S. ICC investigation,” Bolton said. He also criticized Palestinian efforts to bring Israel before the ICC for alleged human rights violations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. [292] The principle of complementarity means that the Court of Justice will only prosecute a person if states do not want or are unable to bring criminal proceedings. Therefore, if national investigations or legal procedures for criminal offences have taken place or are not yet completed, the Court will not initiate proceedings. This principle applies regardless of the outcome of a national procedure.

[102] Even if an investigation is closed without a criminal charge, or if a person prosecuted is acquitted by a national court, the Court will not prosecute the offence in question as long as it is satisfied that the national procedure was lawful. However, the effective application of the principle of complementarity has been the subject of a recent theoretical review. [103] [102] In the 1970s and 1980s, international human rights organizations and humanitarian non-governmental organizations (or NGOs) began to multiply exponentially. At the same time, the search for a way to punish international crimes has shifted from the exclusive responsibility of legal experts to a sharing of international human rights activism. Three architects were selected by an international jury from a total of 171 candidates to start new negotiations. The Danish company Schmidt hammer was finally selected for the design of the new premises, as their design met all ICC criteria such as design quality, durability, functionality and costs. [158] The Court has jurisdiction over individuals[107] A person who commits a crime in the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice is individually liable and punishable under the Rome Statute. [108] According to the Rome Statute, a person is criminally responsible and responsible for sanctioning a crime in the jurisdiction of the Court if that person commits such a crime, whether as an individual, with another person or by another person, that that other person is criminally responsible; [109] Orders, requests or commits the commission of such a crime, which occurs or is indeed attempted; [110] To facilitate the commission of such a crime, aid, anaesthesia or otherwise assists in the commission or attempt to commission, including the provision of the means necessary for its commission; [111] In another way, a group of persons acting for a common purpose contributes to the commission or attempt to commit such a crime. [112] With regard to the crime of genocide, others are directly and publicly incited to commit genocide; [113] Try to commit such a crime by taking steps that begin its execution at an essential stage, but the crime does not occur because of circumstances beyond the person`s intentions[114] The ICC detention centre houses both those who have been convicted by the court and who serve sentences and suspects detained until the end of their trial.