State Party: yes
Date signed: July 18, 1998
Date ratified: Oct. 12, 2001

National Legislation

Federal Law on Cooperation with the International Criminal Court
Militärstrafgesetz (MStG)
Swiss Criminal Code
Loi fédérale portant modification de lois fédérales en vue de la mise en oeuvre du Statut de Rome de la Cour pénale internationale
Bundesgesetz über die Änderung von Bundesgesetzen zur Umsetzung des Römer Statuts des Internationalen Strafgerichtshofs
Federal Constitution of the Swiss Confederation
Constitution fédérale de la Confédération suisse
Bundesverfassung der Schweizerischen Eidgenossenschaft
Costituzione federale della Confederazione Svizzera
Constituziun federala da la Confederaziun svizra
Codice penale svizzero
Schweizerisches Strafgesetzbuch
Code pénal suisse
Legge federale sulla cooperazione con la Corte penale internazionale
Code pénal militaire
Codice penale militare
Cudesch penal svizzer


Switzerland has historically played a leading role in the field of international humanitarian law and has supported the establishment and operation of international courts and tribunals, including the ad hoc tribunals and the ICC. Switzerland’s commitment to the ICC was demonstrated by being one of the first 60 States to ratify the Rome Statute. Switzerland’s implementation of the Rome Statute has occurred in two phases. Prior to ratification, Switzerland adopted a Law on Cooperation with the International Criminal Court and amended its Criminal Code, extending the offences against the administration of justice included in the Criminal Code to proceeding of international tribunals. The second phase of the implementation was completed in 2010 with the adoption of legislation implementing the crimes under the jurisdiction of the ICC. The most innovative aspect of the Law on Cooperation with the ICC is the establishment of a Central Authority, which will be in charge of all procedures of cooperation with the Court. The establishment of a single authority to deal with all issues relating to cooperation with the ICC is likely to encourage a coherent and coordinated approach to cooperation. The Swiss implementation is also facilitative of the operation of the ICC insofar as it allows Switzerland to transmit information to the ICC without a previous request by the ICC itself.


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