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The Ashgate Research Companion to International Criminal Law

Critical Perspectives

Edited by: William A. Schabas , Yvonne McDermott , Niamh Hayes

Print publication date:  May  2013
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9781409419181
eBook ISBN: 9781315613062
Adobe ISBN: 9781317043157

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International criminal law is at a crucial point in its history and development, and the time is right for practitioners, academics and students to take stock of the lessons learnt from the past fifteen years, as the international community moves towards an increasingly uni-polar international criminal legal order, with the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the helm. This unique Research Companion takes a critical approach to a wide variety of theoretical, practical, legal and policy issues surrounding and underpinning the operation of international criminal law as applied by international criminal tribunals. The book is divided into four main parts. The first part analyses international crimes and modes of liability, with a view to identifying areas which have been inconsistently or misguidedly interpreted, overlooked to date or are likely to be increasingly significant in future. The second part examines international criminal processes and procedures, and here the authors discuss issues such as victim participation and the rights of the accused. The third part is a discussion of complementarity and sentencing, while the final part of the book looks at international criminal justice in context. The authors raise issues which are likely to provide the most significant challenges and most promising opportunities for the continuing development of this body of law. As international criminal law becomes more established as a distinct discipline, it becomes imperative for international criminal scholarship to provide a degree of critical analysis, both of individual legal issues and of the international criminal project as a whole. This book represents an important collective effort to introduce an element of legal realism or critical legal studies into the academic discourse.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Sisyphus Wept: Prosecuting Sexual Violence at the International Criminal Court Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Creating a Framework for the Prosecution of Environmental Crimes in International Criminal Law Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Alleged Aggression in Utopia: An International Criminal Law Examination Question for 2020 Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The Special Tribunal for Lebanon and Terrorism as an International Crime: Reflections on the Judicial Function Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Damned If You Don’t: Liability for Omissions in International Criminal Law Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Joint Criminal Enterprise Liability: Result Orientated Justice Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Rights in Reverse: A Critical Analysis of Fair Trial Rights under International Criminal Law Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Victims’ Participation at the International Criminal Court: Benefit or Burden? Download PDF
Chapter  10:  A Shifting Scale of Power: Who is in Charge of the Charges at the International Criminal Court? Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Distinguishing Creativity from Activism: International Criminal Law and the ‘Legitimacy’ of Judicial Development of the Law Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Equality of Arms in International Criminal Law: Continuing Challenges Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Protecting the Rights of the Accused in International Criminal Proceedings: Lip Service or Affirmative Action? Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Reconciliation and Sentencing in the Practice of the ad hoc Tribunals Download PDF
Chapter  15:  A Sentence-Based Theory of Complementarity Download PDF
Chapter  16:  ‘Sentencing Horror’ or ‘Sentencing Heuristic’? A Reply to Heller’s ‘Sentence-Based’ Theory of Complementarity Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Three Theories of Complementarity: Charge, Sentence or Process? A Comment on Kevin Heller’s Sentence-Based Theory of Complementarity Download PDF
Chapter  18:  The Short Arm of International Criminal Law Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Palestine and the Politics of International Criminal Justice Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Lions and Tigers and Deterrence, Oh My: Evaluating Expectations of International Criminal Justice Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Hybrid Courts in Retrospect: Of Lost Legacies and Modest Futures Download PDF
Chapter  22:  ‘Political Trials’? The UN Security Council and the Development of International Criminal Law Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Expanding the Focus of the ‘African Criminal Court’ Download PDF
Chapter  24:  The Future of International Criminal Law and Transitional Justice Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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