Uncertainty and Jockeying Continue on U.S. Position Towards ICC

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Wednesday, August 1, 2001
Bruce Zagaris
With the increasing approach of the next meeting of the Preparatory Commission for the International Criminal Court scheduled for New York on September 24, 2001, the time for decision approaches for the U.S. Government. The executive and legislative branches continue to grapple with their respective positions. On May 10, 2001, the House of Representatives by a vote of 282 to 137 approved the adoption of the American Servicemen Protection Act (ASPA), which was introduced the preceding day as an amendment to the Foreign Relations Authorization Act. Former U.S. War Crimes Ambassador David Scheffer has characterized the Act as “a deceptively-labeled bill designed to scuttle the International Criminal Court Treaty with punitive counterpunches against other governments and measures to insulate U.S. military personnel from the court’s reach.”