The GLAR Podcast - Episode 13

The ICJ and the concept of aggression

tzanakopoulosThis podcast features a presentation by Professor Antonios Tzanakopoulos (University of Oxford), entitled The International Court of Justice and the Concept of Aggression, which took place at the University of Reading, School of Law, on 7 October 2015. The presentation was chaired by Professor James A. Green, and was the first of the inaugural 2015-16 Ghandhi Research Seminar Series.

Professor Tzanakopoulos' paper reviewed the contribution of the International Court of Justice in defining the concept of aggression against the background of the Kampala Amendments to the 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. The paper argues that the ICJ, while not contributing directly to the elaboration of the concept of aggression, has indeed influenced the internal gradation of the concept of aggression through drawing an implicit parallel with the concept of armed attack. The paper then completes this picture by introducing a three-step parallel gradation of concepts: use of force-armed attack-serious breach of jus cogens and use of force-act of aggression-war and/or crime of aggression; and by discussing their potential relationship and interaction.

The GLAR Podcast - Episode 13

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