At the Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law earlier this month,Professor Michael J. Matheson of George Washington University Law School chaired a fascinating panel on the Kampala Amendments to the Statute of the International Criminal Court on the crime of aggression, which could be activated as early as 2017 at thecurrent rate of ratifications. Sarah Sewell—the State Department’s Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights—delivered a major policy speech on the crime of aggression. Joining her on the panel were:
- Christine Hansen of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
- Mort Halperin of the Open Society Foundations; and
- Ambassador Kurt Volkner of the McCain Institute for International Leadership and former United States Permanent Representative to NATO.
(A summary of the panelists’ remarks as well as the question & answer period appears here as an ASIL Cable).
The text of U/S Sewell’s remarks appears below and here.