chapter  III
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Accountability for International Crimes

This chapter examines the Jordanian experience against the background of the position taken by Arab states on the International Criminal Court (ICC). It focuses on obstacles and objections encountered, and also explores the normative significance of, and developments surrounding the Arab model law. The chapter charts and analyzes the process aimed at implementing the ICC Rome Statute in Jordan, particularly with a view to determining the factors that have impacted on progress made, or the lack of it, in this regard. The application of international criminal law in the Middle Eastern legal systems at large, including Israel, would be a great step forward in combating impunity for international crimes, and thereby reduce if not altogether prevent their commission. Jordan's implementation efforts, in terms of the contents of pertinent legislation and its subsequent application, constitute a critical yardstick by which to measure its credibility as a regional leader in the development of international criminal law.