Revisiting the Dilemma: Crime of Aggression and Humanitarian Interventions

By Ruchika Mohapatra, National Law University, Odisha.

Firstly, to understand the concept of Crime of Aggression, it is important to understand the relevant international conventions and treaties as well as the customary international law, and finally the general principles that define acts of aggression. A general act of aggression, as discussed in the U.N. Charter and a ‘crime of aggression’ are basically two separate concepts as per law. The “act of aggression” is the state-performed violation, while the “crime of aggression” is the individual criminal liability that the instigator or planner of an act of aggression may face. (more…)