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Immunity and International Criminal Law

1st Edition

By Yitiha Simbeye


184 pages

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Two events occurred in 1998 that had far-reaching consequences for international justice: the adoption of the Statute for the International Criminal Court by the Diplomatic Conference of Plenipotentiaries in Rome (the Rome Statute); and the arrest in London of former President Pinochet for crimes against humanity. These events are, for many, the culmination of attempts to seek legal redress against those who commit international crimes. This stimulating, ground-breaking book debates the issues raised by international crimes. It highlights the two competing international law needs that must be addressed in this situation: the pursuit of international justice (which international criminal law purports to uphold), and the maintenance of international peace and security - an important rationale for the immunities of state officials abroad.


'…vividly focuses on two competing needs - the pursuit of international justice, and the maintenance of international peace and security…The author has quite intuitively organized her work into six well-written and authoritatively supported chapters.' American Society of International Law Newsletter '…a well-conceived, provocative assessment of the need for balance in the pursuit of international justice and stable international relations.' American Society of International Law Newsletter 'Many works have already appeared and a multitude will follow on the Rome Statute and the International Criminal Court. However, it would be wrong to assume that the monograph we are reviewing is just another drop in the outpouring of literature. On the contrary…Mr Simbeye takes the discussion further…' Revue Internationale de Criminologie et de Police Technique et Scientifique 'The issue of immunity is central to understanding the development of international criminal law, and the institutions and processes of international criminal justice…the topic of the book is important and timely. Global Law Books 'This book…presents a good introduction to the body of a large amount of materials in international criminal law…it provides a useful analysis for researchers and international lawyers.' Contemporary Journal of Internaitonal Criminal Law

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; The International Criminal Court; International crimes; Individual criminal responsibility; Immunities; High-ranking state officials and crime; The need for balance: the pursuit of international justice versus stable inter-state relations; Conclusion; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Criminal Law / General