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The third edition of Cassese's International Criminal Law provides a clear account of the main substantive and procedural aspects of international criminal law. Adopting a combination of the classic common law and more theoretical approaches to the subject, it discusses:
-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 6. Genocide 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