Croatia

State Party: yes
Date signed: Oct. 12, 1998
Date ratified: May 21, 2001

National Legislation

Law on the implementation of the Statute of the International Criminal Court and the prosecution of criminal offences against international law of war and humanitarian law
The Constitution of the Republic of Croatia
Criminal Code
Criminal Procedure Code
Zakon o primjeni Statuta MeĊunarodnoga kaznenog suda i progona za kaznena djela protiv meĊunarodnoga ratnog i humanitarnog prava
Zakon o kaznenom postupku
Kazneni zakon
Criminal Code (excerpts-aggression)

Overview

Croatia adopted legislation implementing the Rome Statute in 2003. Provisions regulating cooperation with the Court have been introduced by a specific law, while provisions regulating specifically the crimes under ICC jurisdiction have been introduced through amendments to the national criminal code. The approach is generally comprehensive and coherent. With regard to cooperation, Croatia deals with competing requests and other forms of cooperation with the ICC by briefly citing the relevant Rome Statute Articles. As far as the crimes are concerned, the legislation on a number of occasions follows the broader rules of customary international law, rather than the wording found in the Rome Statute. Moreover, the defence of superior orders is not included in the Croatian legislation. However, the presence of a general rule providing for interpretation and application of the Croatian legislation in accordance with the purpose and intent of the Rome Statute will guarantee consistency with the ICC Statute.

Coverage

View relevant provisions here.