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Crimes Against Peace & The Crime of Aggression




War is essentially an evil thing. Its consequences are not confined to the belligerent States alone, but affect the whole world. To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.
Judgment of the International Military Tribunal (Nuremberg), October 1, 1946


Holding individuals accountable for aggressive war making is the legacy of the vision that inspired the creation of the Peace Palace. At Nuremberg, 'Crimes Against Peace' were identified as the "supreme international crime" from which other atrocity crimes flow.
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Today, the crime of aggression is under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court. But before the Court can exercise its jurisdiction over the crime of aggression, a number of conditions must be met. To learn more about the most recent efforts to activate the Court’s jurisdiction over the crime of aggression, visit the website for the Global Campaign to Ratify and Implement the Kampala Amendments on The Crime of Aggression.