Defining aggression : an opportunity to curtail the criminal activities of non-state actors
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Brooklyn journal of international law, Vol. 36, issue 2, 2011, p. 647-693
Part I of this Note provides a background of the international laws governing conflicts, particularly those relating to Non-State Actors (NSAs). Part II criticizes the current international framework for conflict resolution. Specifically, Part II discusses why international law is too outdated to properly handle modern conflicts and how developments in international criminal law make it the best avenue for enforcing laws against NSAs. Part III focuses on the Rome Statute and particularly the 2010 review. Given that this review amended the Rome Statute to define the crime of aggression, this Note discusses the implications and shortcomings of this amendment. Lastly, Part IV argues that by passing a state-focused definition of aggression, the international community missed a critical opportunity to reign in the illegal activities of NSAs.