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Rome Statute   On 31 December 2000, David Scheffer, Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues under the Clinton Administration, signed the Rome Statute. Signature of a treaty does not create legally binding obligations for the Signatory State, however according to Article 18 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (1969), a signatory who intends to ratify is bound to refrain from acts which would defeat the object and purpose of a treaty. On 6 May 2002, shortly before the Rome Statute entered into force on 1 July 2002, the administration of US President George W. Bush sent a note to the United Nations Secretary-General “nullifying” the Clinton signature. Since 2009, the US has sent observer delegations to the ICC’s Assembly of States Parties and, more recently, to the Review Conference. The US position has gradually evolved into one of principled engagement with the ICC and strengthened support for the Court’s current investigations and prosecutions. The Obama Administration has stated that it has no intention of ratifying the Rome Statute in the near future.
Agreement on Privileges and Immunities United States has not signed the Agreement on Privileges and Immunities.
Bilateral Immunity Agreement US legislation allowing for cuts in military and economic aid for states that do not sign a BIA has been repealed.
Implementing Legislation
Membership OAS (Organization of American States), NAFTA, OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe)
Draft Legislation
Author Date and Title
US Government
03 Jan 2013
The Department of State Rewards Program Update and Technical Corrections Act of 2012
Author Title Date
The White House - Office of the Press Secretary
18255|18256 23 Apr 2012
American NGO Coalition for the ICC (AMICC)
13164|13165 30 Aug 2010
Government and Inter-governmental Documents
Author Date and Title
Sudan embassy Indonesia
08 Mar 2016
Statement in response to US embassy statement on visit of al-Bashir to Indonesia
US Embassy Indonesia
07 Mar 2016
United States Embassy Statement on the Presence of Omar al-Bashir at the OIC Summit
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations
22 May 2014
Explanation of Vote by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, On the Security Council Vote on Syria
The White House
Dec 2011
US National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security
The White House - Office of the Press Secretary
04 Aug 2011
PRESIDENTIAL STUDY DIRECTIVE/PSD-10- Creation of Atrocities Prevention Board
27 Aug 2010
Statement by President Obama on the Promulgation of Kenya's New Constitution
02 June 2010
Briefing on the International Criminal Court Conference in Kampala, Uganda
NGO Letters, Papers, Reports, and Statements
Author Date and Title
Human Rights Watch
10 July 2015
Letter to Secretary of State John Kerry Concerning Ambassador for War Crimes Stephen Rapp
International Justice Project
19 Mar 2015
Letter to Ambassador Samantha Power on the 10th Anniversary of the Darfur ICC Referral
13 Jan 2015
Palestine ratifies the International Criminal Court’s Rome Statute: politicizing the court?
ABA-ICC Project
27 Oct 2014
U.S. Senate Briefing on the International Criminal Court
09 Sept 2014
ISIS atrocities as crimes against humanity at the ICC
12 Aug 2014
Analysis of Citations of the Rome Statute in U.S. Federal Case Law
04 Aug 2014
US Needs Greater Discussion on ICC