Republic of Poland

Rome Statute April 9, 1999 Nov. 12, 2001
APIC June 30, 2004 Feb. 10, 2009

Implementation Notes

Poland ratified the Rome Statute in 2001. The ratification of the Rome Statue was considered to be compatible with the Polish Constitution, which had been adopted in 1997. The Act on Cooperation with the ICC, which implements the ICC’s provisions relating to cooperation into national law, is relatively short. It includes only those provisions which were necessary to address aspects of cooperation which had not previously been covered by Polish law, such as the surrender of persons to the ICC and the dedication of a competent national authority. The Polish Constitution provides that international agreements, such as the Rome Statute, once ratified by Parliament, constitute an integral part of the Polish legal system and are therefore directly applicable. Furthermore, in case of conflict between international and national law, the international norm will prevail. The Polish Penal Code contains a section on offences against peace, humanity and war crimes. However, the crimes against humanity included under Article 7 of the Rome Statute are not yet penalised under Polish criminal law.

National Implementing Legislation

Chapter 66a. Co-operation with the International Criminal Court
Kodeks postępowania karnego

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