Iceland ratifies Amendments to the Rome Statute on the crime of aggression
On 17 June 2016, H.E. Mr. Einar Gunnarsson, Permanent Representative of Iceland to the United Nations, deposited his country's instrument of ratification of the amendments to the Rome Statute on the crime of aggression. Iceland thus becomes the twenty-ninth State to have ratified the amendments on the crime of aggression. The Vice-President of the Assembly of States Parties, H.E. Mr. Sebastiano Cardi, was present at the ratification ceremony.
The President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, H.E. Mr. Sidiki Kaba, welcomed Iceland's ratification of the amendments and invites all States Parties that have not ratified the amendments yet to follow suit. "The entry into force of the amendments on the crime of aggression will complete the historic undertaking which started with the 1998 negotiations in Rome", said Minister Kaba.
The Review Conference of the Rome Statute, held in 2010 in Kampala (Uganda), adopted, inter alia, a set of amendments relating to the definition of the crime of aggression and the provisions for the exercise of the Court's jurisdiction.
The Court may exercise jurisdiction over the crime of aggression after 1 January 2017, once thirty States Parties have ratified the amendments, and subject to a decision by the Assembly to activate that jurisdiction.
Iceland deposited its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute on 25 May 2000. It also ratified the Agreement on Privileges and Immunities of the Court ("APIC") on 1 December 2003.