Signing Up to the International Criminal Court by December 2002
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Signing up to the International Criminal Court (ICC) was also an arduous process, as some nations wanted to undermine the ICC.
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The December 2000 Deadline For Signing up to the ICC was important
Nations had until December 2000 to sign up if they wanted to participate in the discussions about the ICC. Not signing would have meant that while that nation would still be subject to it, they would not have been able to participate in decisions at future ICC discussions.
After the deadline to sign, countries can ratify but no longer sign the treaty. A country that had failed to sign would lose influence during negotiations to decide how the court will work.
US and others had signed last minute to the ICC in December 2000
With the looming deadline to sign the International Criminal Court at the end of December 2000, the United States signed1, as did some other nations, so that it would allow them to be involved in future negotiations about this treaty.
The U.S. had voiced concerns about their soldiers being possibly tried for war crimes but the ratification of this major new international institution didn't get much media coverage2 as Danny Schechter describes (in the previous link), so the possibility of broad debate had been further minimized.
(By May 2002, the Bush Administration unsigned, thus withdrawing from the ICC, citing unfounded concerns regarding sovereignty, as discussed on previous pages on this site.)
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