International Criminal Law: Cases and Commentary

International Criminal Law: Cases and Commentary

By (author) Antonio Cassese , By (author) Guido Acquaviva , By (author) Mary De Ming Fan , By (author) Alex Whiting

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International Criminal Law: Cases and Commentary presents a concise and comprehensive explanation of the development of major areas in substantive international criminal law, through a selection of key illustrative cases from domestic and international jurisdictions. The focus is on the law related to individual criminal liability for war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and aggression, with specific attention paid to sources of international criminal law, fundamental principles of criminal responsibility and defences. Under the supervision of Antonio Cassese, the concisely-edited decisions presented in this casebook are accompanied by a short introduction setting out the circumstances of the case and a brief commentary on the importance of the decisions and principles illustrated, with cross-references to other relevant decisions on similar issues. At the end of each section, final remarks are added, together with thought-provoking questions and additional readings. International Criminal Law: Cases and Commentary focuses on the most relevant cases before international jurisdictions today and hard-to-find, domestic decisions that are highly relevant for the present and future development of international criminal justice. The volume is an important source for students and academics in the fields of public international law and international criminal law as well as a concise, interesting and instructive resource for practitioners, policy makers and staff of international organisations dealing with international justice.

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  • Paperback | 648 pages
  • 170.18 x 241.3 x 33.02mm | 1,020.58g
  • 01 May 2011
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford
  • English
  • 0199576785
  • 9780199576784
  • 257,567

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Since March 2009, Antonio Cassese has been Judge and President of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. He is also co-chairman of the working group of experts on Universal Jurisdiction established by the European Union and African Union. Between 1993-2000, he was Judge and President of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Between 1975-2008 he was Professor of International Law, University of Florence and from 1987-93 he was Professor of Law at the European University Institute. Guido Acquaviva works as a Chef de Cabinet in Chambers, Special Tribunal for Lebanon. Previously, he worked for more than six years in Chambers at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, assisting judges and coordinating drafting teams of associate legal officers during pre-trial, trial, and appellate proceedings. His education includes an LL.M in international and comparative law from Tulane Law School (Fulbright scholar) and a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Padova. Guido Acquaviva is a member of the faculty of the LL.M in International Criminal Law and Crime Prevention (University of Turin and UNICRI) and a lecturer at The Hague University (International Bachelor of Law Program at the Bynkershoek Institute). He serves as a member of the Editorial Committee of the Journal of International Criminal Justice. He has published widely on matters related to international criminal law as well as public international law in general. Mary Fan joined the faculty of the University of Washington School of Law in 2010. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor of Law at American University of Washington College of Law and an Associate Legal Officer at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. She also served as an Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District of California. She is a member of the Editorial Committee for the Journal of International Criminal Justice. She was a Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge, where she studied Social Anthropological Analysis and received her J.D. from Yale Law School. Alex Whiting is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Before joining the Harvard faculty in 2007, he was a senior trial attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, where he was lead prosecution counsel for several trials. Before going to The Hague, he was a prosecutor with the Department of Justice in the United States for ten years in the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division in Washington D.C and the U.S Attorney's Office in Boston, Massachusetts. Professor Whiting received his J.D from Yale Law School and his B.A from Yale University.

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The volume's Chapters..contain more than thematically catalogued extracts from judicial decisions - they include learned introductions to the subject matter and commentaries on cases referred to, questions for discussion and bibliographies, which prompt readers to independently analyse the quoted texts and to undertake independent research of ICL..indispensable reading for all interested students or practitioners of ICL, irrespective of their professional background as lawyers from a common, civil, Islamic or other legal system. Sergey Sayapin, Global Law Books I strongly endorse this latest and invaluable addition to the development and study of international criminal law and commend its contribution to ensuring that this discourse is accessible and understandable. Judge O-Gon Kwon, Vice President, UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia Judge Cassese has shepherded another concise and comprehensive practice-oriented explanation of the development of the major substantive areas of international criminal law...Professors in search of a concise, fast-moving, and contemporary snapshot of ICL are strongly encouraged to consider this well-written, and superbly documented, coverage of a subset of International Law - now enhanced by the availability of this excellent textbook. ASIL

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