International Criminal Law

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  • Copyright: 2008-11-14
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Highly respected educator-scholars Elizabeth Van Schaack and Ronald C. Slye highlight and summarize the major concepts and themes of International Criminal Law with clear, informal language in this concise paperback text. Van Schaack and Slye provide a general overview of International Criminal Law that includes : a straightforward introductory chapter explanation and descriptions of the major international crimes, including: war crimes crimes against humanity genocide aggression terrorism coverage of individual rights and protections And The major defenses available to International Criminal Law defendants references to decisions from outside of the usual Western canon such as those from African, Asian, and Central and South American source discussion of the growing body of international jurisprudence being generated through international tribunals, hybrid tribunals, and other sources If you're thinking about teaching a course on International Criminal Law, you'll want to examine this timely, brief, and conceptually organized introductory text, written by two of the leading authorities in the field.

Author Biography

Ronald C. Slye is the Director of International and Comparative Law Programs at Seattle University School of Law as well as Honorary Professor at the University of Witwatersrand School of Law in South Africa Beth Van Schaack is an active teacher and scholar in international law, international human rights, transitional justice, international criminal law, and humanitarian law

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Prefacep. xvii
The Discipline of International Criminal Lawp. 1
What Is International Criminal Law?p. 2
A Concise History of International Criminal Lawp. 7
Introduction: The Genesis Storyp. 7
Substantive Law Antecedents to Modern ICLp. 8
Just War: Jus Ad Bellump. 8
Penal Antecedents: Piracy and Slaveryp. 9
International Humanitarian Lawp. 13
Efforts to Enforce International Criminal Lawp. 18
Pre-World War I: Antecedentsp. 18
World War I: A False Startp. 20
The Interwar Period: Efforts to Avert Another World Warp. 26
World War II: A Return to First Principlesp. 27
Post-World War II: The Cold War Freezep. 38
Post-Cold War Period: A Renaissancep. 42
Sovereignty, Jurisdiction, and Powerp. 49
Creatures of Consentp. 51
The International Criminal Courtp. 51
Preconditions for the Exercise of Jurisdictionp. 52
Trigger Mechanismsp. 56
Admissibilityp. 58
Consensual Hybrid Tribunalsp. 59
Creatures of Coercionp. 64
Nuremberg and Tokyop. 65
The Ad Hoc International Tribunalsp. 65
Imposed Hybrid Tribunalsp. 69
Domestic Legal Systemsp. 71
Civilian Courtsp. 71
Domestic Military Courtsp. 77
Extradition, Transfer, Rendition, and Abductionp. 79
Conclusionp. 83
The Making of International Criminal Lawp. 85
Treatiesp. 88
Customary International Lawp. 95
General Principles of Lawp. 99
Judicial Decisionsp. 102
The Works of Scholarsp. 103
"Soft Law"p. 104
Conclusionp. 105
The Internationalization of Crimesp. 107
The Jurisdictional Approachp. 108
The Inter-National Approachp. 109
The Identity Approachp. 110
The Policy Approachp. 113
The Nexus to Armed Conflict Approachp. 114
The Global Stability Approachp. 115
The Dignity Approachp. 116
The Mens Rea Approachp. 118
Conclusionp. 119
The Principle of Legality in International Criminal Lawp. 121
NCSL in International Criminal Lawp. 124
Responses to NCSL Defensesp. 126
The Applicability of Nullum Crimen Sine Lege in International Criminal Lawp. 126
Acts as Malum in Sep. 128
Illegality = Criminalityp. 130
Notice Anywhere Is Notice Everywherep. 133
The Object and Purpose of ICLp. 137
Conclusionp. 141
Intersectionsp. 145
The Legal Regulation of Armed Conflictp. 149
Jus Ad Bellump. 151
The Original Crime of Aggressionp. 151
The Modern Crime of Aggressionp. 155
Defining the Crime of Aggressionp. 156
Preconditions for the Exercise of Jurisdictionp. 159
Including the Crime of Aggression in the ICC Statutep. 163
Jus In Bellop. 165
Triggering International Humanitarian Lawp. 166
Conflict Classificationp. 169
Choice of Law Implications of Conflict Classificationp. 173
Nexus to Armed Conflictp. 175
Protected Personsp. 177
Means and Methods of Warfarep. 180
War Crimes Before the International Criminal Courtp. 182
The Crimes of Terrorismp. 185
Terrorism Under International Lawp. 186
Terrorism Within the ICC Statutep. 191
The Interface Between Terrorism and Warp. 195
Violent Acts Committed Within International Armed Conflictsp. 196
Violent Acts Committed Outside of Armed Conflictp. 197
The Initiation of an International Armed Conflictp. 198
Violent Acts Committed Within Noninternational Armed Conflictsp. 199
The Initiation of a Noninternational Armed Conflictp. 201
The Penal Consequences of Violent Acts Committed Within Noninternational Armed Conflictsp. 203
Prosecuting Acts of Terrorism Before the ICCp. 206
Genocide and Crimes Against Humanityp. 209
Crimes Against Humanityp. 211
Genocidep. 214
The Elements of the Two Crimesp. 216
The Chapeau Elementsp. 216
Mens Rea and the Challenge of Specific Intentp. 217
Protected Groupsp. 222
Crimes Against Humanity and Armed Conflictp. 229
Policy or Planp. 231
Enumerated Actsp. 233
Persecutionp. 236
Exterminationp. 237
Conclusion: Convergence or Distinction?p. 238
Immunities, Amnesties, and Excusesp. 241
Immunitiesp. 242
Functional and Personal Immunitiesp. 243
Combatant Immunityp. 246
Immunity Before the ICCp. 249
Immunity and Customary International Lawp. 252
Amnestiesp. 254
Amnesties Before the Special Court for Sierra Leonep. 254
Amnesties and the ICC Statutep. 255
Interests of Justicep. 256
Complementarityp. 258
Security Council Deferralp. 260
Ne Bis In Idemp. 262
Excuses and Justificationsp. 263
Conclusionp. 267
Forms of Individual Responsibilityp. 269
Superior Responsibilityp. 272
History of the Doctrinep. 273
Superior Responsibility in Treaty Lawp. 277
Elements of the Contemporary Doctrinep. 280
Subordinationp. 281
Mens Reap. 283
Actus Reus (Omission)p. 284
Complicity and Joint Criminal Enterprisep. 287
Complicityp. 288
Joint Criminal Enterprisep. 290
International Criminal Law and Its Alternatives: Truth, Justice, Reconciliation, and Memoryp. 295
The Objectives of International Criminal Lawp. 296
Retributionp. 297
Deterrencep. 298
Rehabilitationp. 300
Peace and Reconciliationp. 302
The Critiques of International Criminal Justicep. 303
Victor's Justicep. 304
Prevention in Lieu of Justicep. 305
Justice and Diplomacyp. 307
Alternatives to International Criminal Justicep. 308
Do Nothingp. 308
Amnestyp. 309
Truth and Investigatory Commissionsp. 310
Lustrationp. 312
Civil Trialsp. 312
State Responsibilityp. 314
Jurisdictional Concurrencep. 318
Conclusionp. 321
Endnotesp. 323
Glossaryp. 337
Indexp. 347
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