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When will the 60th come and what does it mean?



60th State ratifies the treaty

April 11, 2002

Entry into Force of the Rome Statute
Genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity committed after this date can be tried by the Court

Expected July 1, 2002
(60-90 days after 60th Ratification)

Establishment of the ICC-
First Assembly of State Parties (ASP)
ASP approves Rules of Procedure and Evidence, Elements of Crime, Financial Rules and other important documents

Scheduled for September 2-13, 2002

United Nations, New York


Election of first Judges and Prosecutor
by State Parties to the Treaty

Approximately January 2003

First cases investigated

Starting approximately
second quarter of 2003


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