An Introduction to International Criminal Law and Procedure: Principles, Procedures, Institutions

An Introduction to International Criminal Law and Procedure: Principles, Procedures, Institutions


By (author) Robert Cryer, By (author) Hakan Friman, By (author) Darryl Robinson, By (author) Elizabeth Wilmshurst

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  • Format: Paperback | 522 pages
  • Dimensions: 174mm x 247mm x 32mm | 1,058g
  • Publication date: 30 June 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521699541
  • ISBN 13: 9780521699549
  • Sales rank: 498,480

Product description

International criminal law has developed considerably in the last decade and a half, resulting in a complex and re-invigorated discipline. This has impacted directly on the popularity of the study of the subject, particularly on postgraduate law degrees. This textbook serves these courses by providing an introduction to the principles of international criminal law and processes. Written by four international lawyers with experience of teaching international criminal law, it is accessible yet sophisticated in its approach. It covers substantive international criminal law, the institutions designed to enforce it and their procedures, and the international law applicable to domestic prosecutions of international crimes. It will be essential reading for students and teachers of international criminal law. In addition, practitioners and researchers in the field (and in related fields such as criminal law), students of international law and international relations will find this introduction invaluable.

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Author information

Robert Cryer is a Lecturer in International Law at the University of Nottingham. Hakan Friman is a Visiting Professor at University College London. Darryl Robinson currently holds a position at the Prosecutor's Office at the International Criminal Court. Elizabeth Wilmshurst is a Senior Fellow at Chatham House and a Visiting Professor at University College London.

Review quote

'... splendid new textbook ...The clarity of exposition means it can equally be used for undergraduates as a work of reference for courses in public international law and human rights. The compendious well-organised free online support website contains links to useful resources, including sample course outlines, exercises and tutorials. ... A reliable guide and resource for undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Logical, clear and well supported. Highly recommended.' Times Higher Education Supplement '... this readable book succeeds admirably in its aim to be 'a manageable and useful introduction to the field'.' Journal of International and Comparative Law Quarterly

Table of contents

1. What is international criminal law?; 2. The objectives of international criminal law; 3. Jurisdiction; 4. National prosecutions of international crimes; 5. State Cooperation with respect to national proceedings; 6. The history of international criminal prosecutions: Nuremberg and Tokyo; 7. The ad hoc international criminal tribunals; 8. The International Criminal Court; 9. Other courts with international elements; 10. Genocide; 11. Crimes against humanity; 12. War crimes; 13. Aggression; 14. Transnational crimes, terrorism and torture; 15. General principles of liability; 16. Defences/grounds for excluding criminal responsibility; 17. Procedures of international criminal investigations and prosecutions; 18. Sentencing, penalties and reparations to victims; 19. State cooperation with international courts and tribunals; 20. Immunities; 21. Conclusions: the future of international criminal law.