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Shifting Global Powers and International Law by Charles Sampford, Bridget Lewis, Rowena Maguire

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7 The role of the International Criminal Court and the Rome Statute in international criminal justice standard setting

Some reflections

Rahmat Mohamad1

Introduction

It will be safe to put forward that international criminal law did not emerge as a distinct branch of public international law until the Second World War of 1939– 1945. It was the International Military Tribunal for the Trial of German Major War Criminals (the Nuremberg Trials) and the International Military Tribunal for the Far East (the Tokyo Trials) that followed the Second World War that marked the humble beginnings of international criminal law. The Cold War, coupled with philosophical debates about the sovereignty of state, and the general reluctance among states towards cooperation ...

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