Disclosure of information relating to government policy on enacting the crime of aggression

Attorney General's Office Nid oedd gan y wybodaeth y gofynnwyd amdani.

Dear Attorney General's Office,
Under the terms of the FoI Act 2000, I seek disclosure of information about whether the government has drafted a policy to enact domestic legislation to prosecute the crime of aggression- now one of the 'core' crimes under the Statute of Rome. The UK is a ratifying party to the Statute of Rome.

The UK has ratified the 'complementarity' articles of the Statute of Rome, which create an obligation to legislate domestically for prosecution of the crime- (national courts constituting primary jurisdictions for such prosecution under 'complementarity').

If a policy to domestically prosecute aggression has not been fully drafted, I request information about whether a policy is in the process of being drafted.

As the crime of aggression has been activated as a core crime with a statutory definition for prosecution in the Rome Statute for more than two years, I seek an answer, if there is no policy in the pipeline for domestic prosecution, for why the government has not started drafting a policy to comply with the Statute.

Yours faithfully,

Christopher Lamb

Correspondence (AGO), Attorney General's Office

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Correspondence (AGO), Attorney General's Office

Dear Mr Lamb,

Thank you for your FOI request to the Attorney General’s Office (AGO).

The AGO will respond to your request within the deadline requirement of the FOIA legislation.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Officer

FOI Officer

E: [AGO request email]

T: 020 7271 2492

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Correspondence (AGO), Attorney General's Office

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Dear Mr Lamb,

Please see the attached AGO response to your FOI request of 4 April 2020.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Officer

FOI Officer

E: [AGO request email]

T: 020 7271 2492

@attorneygeneral | gov.uk/ago

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christopher lamb

Dear Attorney General's Office,
Thank you for your reply. My FoI request made it quite clear that I am seeking information about domestically drafted legislation for the UK as a primary national court under the terms of the Complementarity Articles of the Statute of Rome. I would be very surprised if this falls within the competence of the FCO.

I am asking for an internal review on the basis of the clarification I have just made.

Yours faithfully,

christopher lamb

Correspondence (AGO), Attorney General's Office

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Coronavirus / COVID-10 issues – please refer to the regularly updated
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Correspondence (AGO), Attorney General's Office

Dear Mr Lamb,

Your internal review request will be taken forward as appropriate.

A response will be provided in due course.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Officer

FOI Officer

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Correspondence (AGO), Attorney General's Office

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Dear Mr Lamb,

Please see the attached AGO response to your 08 May 2020 internal review request into our handling of the FOI request you made on 04 April 2020.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Officer

FOI Officer

E: [AGO request email]

T: 020 7271 2492

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