Washington International Law Journal


In 1989, the United Nations General Assembly began work on establishing the first-ever permanent International Criminal Court. Eight years later, the draft code for the International Criminal Court is nearing completion and establishment of the Court is proposed for 1998. The goal of the International Criminal Court is to enhance international cooperation in international criminal matters. This Comment discusses the International Criminal Court in light of China's missile tests off the coast of Taiwan. The lack of international response to the missile tests in the past demonstrates the need for an international body to intervene in this act of aggression. If the International Criminal Court is established as proposed, however, Taiwan should not depend on the Court's assistance. Rather, inherent flaws exist in the draft that will hinder any attempts to stop China's acts of aggression against Taiwan.

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