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Kingdom of Belgium

Belgium - Royal Decree on the organization of the Belgian Task Force for International Criminal Justice 2014 EN

CHAPTER 1. - Denomination of the Belgian Task Force for International Criminal Justice (BTF ICJ)

Article 1.
A platform for coordination, consultation and information exchange named Belgian Task Force for International Criminal Justice (in abbreviated form BTF ICJ), hereinafter referred to as the BTF ICJ, is established as described in this Decree. It also covers the tasks of the Belgian Task Force for the International Criminal Court and the international criminal tribunals (in abbreviated form BTF ICC-ICT).

CHAPTER 3. - Competences of the BTF ICJ and holding of its meetings

Section 2. - Meetings of the BTF ICJ on specific files

Article 9.
1. If necessary, notably due to a request for mutual assistance or for specific cooperation, the chairman of the BTF ICJ convenes a meeting of the BTF ICJ on one or several specific files. This notably includes the coordination required for the execution of:
1° requests for mutual assistance or for cooperation made to Belgium by the international criminal jurisdictions and vice versa pursuant to their status, to agreements for enhanced cooperation or to the applicable Belgian legislation;
2° requests for interstate cooperation regarding the punishment of the crimes referred to in Article 5 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court;
3° requests regarding the application of the rules relating to the international immunities with a judicial impact in Belgium.

Rome Statute

Article 87 Requests for cooperation: general provisions


(a) The Court shall have the authority to make requests to States Parties for cooperation. The requests shall be transmitted through the diplomatic channel or any other appropriate channel as may be designated by each State Party upon ratification, acceptance, approval or accession. Subsequent changes to the designation shall be made by each State Party in accordance with the Rules of Procedure and Evidence.