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Domestic legislation for serious crimes under international law

Crimes

Crime of Aggression

No provision.

Crimes Against Humanity

No provision.

Genocide

No provision.

War Crimes

  • Loi portant usage et protection en République du Bénin de l'emblème et du nom de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant - Rouge. (Law No 2004-06 on the Use and Protection in Benin of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Emblems)
    Loi N 2004-06, Assemblée Nationale, Bénin, 11 Mai 2004

  • Décret portant création de la Commission nationale pour la mise en oeuvre du droit international humanitaire. (Decree n 98-155 creating the National Commission on the Implementation of International Humanitarian Law)
    Décret n 98-155, 27 avril 1998


    Jurisdiction

    See Title IX (Crimes and misdemeanours committed abroad) of the Criminal Procedure Code of Benin below.

    In particular, Article 646 declares that the courts of Benin enjoy jurisdiction over the offences proscribed by international treaties and conventions to which Benin is a state party in conformity with the mandatory rules on jurisdiction set out in the said treaties and conventions.

    In addition, Article 147 of the Constitution of the Republic of Benin states:

      "Treaties or agreements lawfully ratified shall have, upon their publication, an authority superior to that of laws, without prejudice for each agreement or treaty in its application by the other party."
    (Benin ratified the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court on 22 January 2002 and, inter alia, is a State party to the four Geneva Conventions of 1949, their two Additional Protocols of 1977, the Convention on the Rights of the Child of 1989 and the Optional Protocol on the involvement of children in armed conflict of 2000).

  • Loi portant code de procédure pénale en République du Bénin. (Criminal Procedure Act).
    17 décembre 2012 [FRA]


    International Criminal Court

  • Loi N 2001-26 portant autorisation de ratification du statut de Rome du 17 juillet 1998 portant création de la Cour Pénale Internationale. (Law authorising the ratification of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court).
    09 août 2001 [FRA]

    See Article 771 of the Criminal Procedure Code of Benin:

  • Loi portant code de procédure pénale en République du Bénin. (Criminal Procedure Act).
    17 décembre 2012 [FRA]

    Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court: Benin signed the Rome Statute on 24 September 1999 and deposited its instrument of ratification on 22 January 2002.

  • Resources and Links

  • The Constitution of Benin. 11 December 1990.
    (refworld, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees). [ENG] [Last accessed 28Oct15] [External Link]

  • Code Pénal applicable en Afrique occidentale française. (Code Bouvenet)
    Décret de 6 mai 1877. [Last accessed 28Oct15] [External Link to pdf file]

  • Textes de loi en vigueur. [FRA]
    (Official Website of the Government of Benin). [Last accessed 28Oct15] [External Link]

  • Legal Guide to Benin. [ENG]
    (U.S. Law Library of Congress). [Last accessed 30 October 2015] [External Link]

  • List of International Humanitarian Law Treaties to which Benin is a State party. [ENG]
    (International Committee of the Red Cross). [ENG] [Last accessed 30 October 2015] [External Link]