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-the historical evolution of international criminal law;
-the legal definition of the so-called core crimes (war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide) plus aggression, torture and terrorism;
-the forms and modes of criminal responsibility; and
-the main issues related to the prosecution and punishment of international crimes at the national and international level, including amnesties, statutes of limitations and immunities.
Cassese guides the reader through a vast array of cases and materials from a number of jurisdictions, providing thought-provoking analysis that brings the political and human contexts to the fore.
The International Criminal Court and all the other modern international criminal courts are fully covered, both as regards their structure, functioning and proceedings and as far as their case law is concerned.
Online Resource Centre
Case materials: Key international documents and foreign legislation relating to chapters of the textbook
Your questions answered: responses to questions from international law students
Web links: Links to web sites relating to topics within the text
Table of Contents
PART I: INTRODUCTION
1. Fundamentals of international criminal law
2. The principle of legality
3. The elements of international crimes, in particular the mental element
PART II: SUBSTANTIVE CRIMINAL LAW
SECTION I: INTERNATIONAL CRIMES
4. War crimes
5. Crimes against humanity
7. Torture and aggression
8. Terrorism as an international crime
SECTION II: MODES OF CRIMINAL LIABILITY
9. Perpetration: in particular joint and indirect perpetration
10. Omission liability and superior responsibility
11. Other modes of criminal liability and inchoate crimes
SECTION III: CIRCUMSTANCES EXCLUDING CRIMINAL LIABILITY
12. Justification and excuse
13. Obedience to superior orders and official capacity
PART III: PROSECUTION AND PUNISHMENT BY INTERNATIONAL COURTS
14. International criminal courts and tribunals
15. The repression of international crimes by domestic jurisdiction
16. International versus national jurisdiction
17. Legal impediments to the exercise of criminal jurisdiction
18. The adoption of the essential features of the adversarial system
19. General principles governing international criminal trials
20. Investigation and trial before international criminal courts
21. Appeals and enforcements