The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court entered into
force in 2002 and the ICC will soon be fully operational. Earlier
in the ICC process, an international conference was held in Trento
to address a specific issue that is still unresolved in the
post-Rome negotiations: the crime of aggression. Article 5 of the
ICC Statute includes aggression, yet the Statute postpones the
exercise of its jurisdiction over the crime of aggression until
such time as further provisions have been prepared on the
definition of this crime and on the related conditions for the
Court's intervention. This important volume collects the papers
given by the participants at the Trento Conference. The volume is
divided into three parts: the historical background of the crime of
aggression; the definition of the crime of aggression, in light of
proposals in the Preparatory Commission; and various points of view
on the relationship between the Court's competence in adjudicating
cases of alleged crimes of aggression and the Security Council's
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