1) Marc Grossman, Under Secretary for Political Affairs
Remarks to the Center for Strategic and International Studies
May 6, 2002
Good morning. Thank you for that kind introduction.
Itís an honor to be here today. I would like to thank CSIS for hosting this discussion of American foreign policy and the International Criminal
Let me get right to the point. And then Iíll try to make my case in detail:
Hereís what America believes in:
We believe in justice and the promotion of the rule of law.
We believe those who commit the most serious crimes of concern to the international community should be punished.
We believe that states, not international institutions are primarily responsible for ensuring justice in the international system.
We believe that the best way to combat these serious offenses is to build domestic judicial systems, strengthen political will and promote human
We have concluded that the International Criminal Court does not advance these principles. Here is why:
We believe the ICC undermines the role of the United Nations Security Council in maintaining international peace and security.
We believe in checks and balances. The Rome Statute creates a prosecutorial system that is an unchecked power.
We believe that in order to be bound by a treaty, a state must be party to that treaty. The ICC asserts jurisdiction over citizens of states that have
not ratified the treaty. This threatens US sovereignty.
We believe that the ICC is built on a flawed foundation. These flaws leave it open for exploitation and politically motivated prosecutions.
3) SECRETARY RUMSFELD STATEMENT ON THE ICC TREATY
4) The International Criminal Court Questions and Answers
[Edited on 30-11-2002 by ultra_phoenix]