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41 Va. J. Int'l L. 204 (2000-2001)
The International Criminal Court Preparatory Commission: The Way It Is & The Way Ahead

handle is hein.journals/vajint41 and id is 216 raw text is: The International Criminal Court
Preparatory Commission:
The Way It Is & The Way Ahead
MICHAEL A. NEWTON*
As a matter of first importance, let me tell you how pleased I am
to be here, both in your company and in the company of this dis-
tinguished panel. I am especially pleased to have the opportunity
to visit Virginia in the spring after having spent the last three
weeks in the bowels of the United Nations (UN) at the latest In-
ternational Criminal Court (ICC) PrepCom.1 I want to congratu-
late the Virginia Journal of International Law (VJIL) for the fine
program they have assembled. The dedication and organization
involved in the assembly of a first-rate program like this is remark-
able, and best of all, VJIL decided not to hold this conference in
New York.
* Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army; Special Advisor to the Ambassador-at-
Large for War Crimes Issues, U.S. Department of State; B.S., United States Military
Academy at West Point, 1984; J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1990; LL.M.,
The Judge Advocate General's School, 1996. Lieutenant Colonel Newton is currently
serving as a member of the United States delegation to the ICC PrepCom. Lieutenant
Colonel Newton, a former Armor officer, has provided extensive operational legal support
to deployed soldiers and commanders. Before numerous groups of soldiers and as a for-
mer faculty member of the International and Operational Law Department of the Judge
Advocate General's School, he has taught classes on the law of war, war crimes, and the
legal aspects of operational integration. The opinions and conclusions reflected in this es-
say are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Army, the
Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, the Department of State, or any other fed-
eral entity.
1. The Preparatory Commission (PrepCom) is charged with preparing practical propos-
als for the establishment and coming into operation of the Court, including the finalization
of the draft Rules of Evidence and Procedure and of the Elements of Crimes before June
30, 2000. G.A. Res. 54/105, U.N. GAOR, 54th Sess., Agenda Item 158 at 2, U.N. Doc.
A/RES/54/105 (2000).

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