Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

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The International Criminal Court (ICC) adopted the Rome Statute in 1998, establishing four core international crimes: genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression. Article 8 of the statute—which defines war crimes— may refer to chemical and biological weapons (CBW) implicitly, but it is unclear whether all chemical weapons are included, and whether biological weapons are included at all. Subparagraph (2)(b)(xvii) bans the use of ‘poison or poisoned weapons’; And Subparagraph (2)(b)(xviii) prohibit of the Use of   ”Asphyxiating, Poisonous or Other Gases, and all analogous liquids, materials or devices”. Rome Statute of the ICC.