National implementation of international humanitarian law Biannual update on national legislation and case law January–June 2003
The Criminal Code of the Republic of Armenia was adopted by the National Assembly on 18 April 2003 and published on 2 May 2003. It entered into force on 1 August 2003. The Code establishes a comprehensive system for the repression of war crimes, in accordance with the country's international obligations under the 1949 Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols of 1977. It does not distinguish between acts committed in internal and in international armed conflicts and contains general principles of repression such as universal jurisdiction, command responsibility, no impunity on grounds of superior order, no statutory limitation. The Code also contains, in a Special Part, a separate chapter on the repression of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes (Part 13, Chapter 34).