In December 2017, the International Criminal Court’s Assembly
of States Parties decided to activate the Court’s jurisdiction over
the Crime of Aggression. In July 2018 the activation will become
effective, and for the first time since the end of World War II,
the planning and waging of wars in violation of international
law will again be a justiciable offence. This panel will discuss the specific content of Art. 8 bis of Rome Statute, and it will dissect the jurisdictional regime with which the ICC is invested with regards to the Crime of Aggression. The panel will also discuss the significance of this development from an international rule of
law perspective. It will discuss previous (mostly failed) attempts to prosecute the crime of aggression, as well as some of the institutional, substantive, and procedural challenges that the ICC might face in exercising its jurisdiction over this crime.