Conceptualizing Aggression

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aggression, international crime, use of force, joint criminal enterprise, JCE, International Criminal Court


The special working group tasked by the International Criminal Court’s Assembly of States Parties to define the supreme international crime, the crime of aggression, has produced a breakthrough draft definition. This paper analyzes the key concepts that make up the emerging definition of the crime of aggression by developing and applying a future-oriented methodology that brings together scenario planning and grounded theory. It proposes modifications and interpretations of the constituent concepts of the crime of aggression intended to make the definition sociologically relevant today and in the foreseeable future.

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War crimes, Aggression (International law), International crimes, War (International law), International Criminal Court