The International Criminal Court

The Principle of Complementarity

by Florian Razesberger (Author)
©2006 Thesis 202 Pages


This book provides a brief overview of the historical roots of the International Criminal Court and explains the unique character and purpose of the principle of complementarity within the Rome Statute and its other constituent instruments. The author also examines article 17, the core provision in relation to complementarity, and describes its application in different phases of the proceedings before the ICC. This study tries to highlight the problematic issue of amnesties, which is not covered by the respective legal instruments, and questions the political and judicial implications of complementarity. This book is intended as a practical handbook rather than a theoretical inquiry.


ISBN (Softcover)
Internationaler Strafgerichtshof (Körperschaft) Rome Statute Zuständigkeit Römisches Statut zur Errichtung des International Mitgliedsstaaten Kooperation Rechtspflicht Complementarity International Criminal Court (ICC)
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2006. 201 pp., num. tables

Biographical notes

Florian Razesberger (Author)

The Author: Florian Razesberger studied law at the Universities of Vienna, Copenhagen and Innsbruck (Magister iuris 2001, Doctor iuris 2005). After having worked as a Law Clerk at the Regional Court of Innsbruck and as an Assistant Legal Officer within the Presidency/Chambers at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, he worked as a Pro bono Legal Adviser at Africa Middle East Refugee Assistance (AMERA) in Cairo. Since 2005, the author works as a Rule of Law Officer for the OSCE Spillover Monitor Mission to Skopje in the area of judicial reform.


Title: The International Criminal Court