Practice Relating to Rule 161. International Cooperation in Criminal Proceedings
Section E. Cooperation with international criminal tribunals
In 1998, Ireland adopted the War Crimes Tribunal Act, to enable cooperation with international tribunals in the performance of their functions relating to the prosecution and punishment of international war crimes.
Ireland’s International Criminal Court Act (2006), Parts 3, 4 and 5 of which refer to the processing of requests for assistance from the International Criminal Court, states:
Nothing in this Act shall be construed as preventing the provision to the International Criminal Court of assistance (other than assistance provided for under this Act) which is not prohibited by any other enactment or any rule of law.
In 2009, Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, in a written response to a question on human rights issues, stated: “Together with our EU partners, Ireland has been a consistent and strong supporter of the International Criminal Court, recognising it as an essential means of combating impunity for the most serious violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law.”