Seven canons of ICC treaty interpretation: making sense of article 25's Rorschach Blot

Sadat, Leila Nadya and Jolly, Jarrod M. (2014) Seven canons of ICC treaty interpretation: making sense of article 25's Rorschach Blot. Leiden Journal of International Law, 27 3: 755-788. doi:10.1017/S0922156514000296


Author Sadat, Leila Nadya
Jolly, Jarrod M.
Title Seven canons of ICC treaty interpretation: making sense of article 25's Rorschach Blot
Journal name Leiden Journal of International Law   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1478-9698
0922-1565
Publication date 2014-09
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S0922156514000296
Open Access Status
Volume 27
Issue 3
Start page 755
End page 788
Total pages 34
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract This article draws on well-established understandings of international treaty interpretation and the role of the judicial function to propose seven canons of treaty construction that may serve as the basis of a principled interpretation of the substantive law of the Rome Statute. This interpretative framework is then applied to the seemingly intractable debate within the Court and among scholars over the correct interpretation of Article 25, on modes of liability. The seven canons provide guidelines that may enable the 'Rorschach blot' of Article 25, capable of many divergent interpretations, to become uniformly and consistently understood and interpreted.
Keyword Article 25
Control theory
International Criminal Court
Interpretation
Methodology
Modes of liability
Vienna Convention
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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