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1st Edition

International Criminal Law in Context

Edited By

Philipp Kastner

ISBN 9781138675513
Published October 20, 2017 by Routledge
364 Pages

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Book Description

International Criminal Law in Context provides a critical and contextual introduction to the fundamentals of international criminal law. It goes beyond a doctrinal analysis focused on the practice of international tribunals to draw on a variety of perspectives, capturing the complex processes of internationalisation that criminal law has experienced over the past few decades.

The book considers international criminal law in context and seeks to account for the political and cultural factors that have influenced – and that continue to influence – this still-emerging body of law. Considering the substance, procedures, objectives, justifications and impacts of international criminal law, it addresses such topics as:

• the history of international criminal law;

• the subjects of international criminal law;

• transitional justice and international criminal justice;

• genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression;

• sexual and gender-based crimes;

• international and hybrid criminal tribunals;

• sentencing under international criminal law; and

• the role of victims in international criminal procedure.

The book will appeal to those who want to study international criminal law in a critical and contextualised way. Presenting original research, it will also be of interest to scholars and practitioners already familiar with the main legal and policy issues relating to this body of law.

Table of Contents


Introduction: International criminal law in context

Philipp Kastner

Part I: Contextualising international criminal law

  1. The conscience of civilisation, and its discontents: a counter history of international criminal law
  2. Gerry Simpson

  3. The subjects of international criminal law
  4. Frédéric Mégret

  5. The idea of transitional justice: international criminal justice and beyond
  6. Wendy Lambourne

    Part II: International Crimes

  7. Genocide: to prevent and punish "radical evil"
  8. Eyal Mayroz

  9. Crimes against humanity: the concept of humanity in international law
  10. Raphaëlle Nollez-Goldbach

  11. War crimes: increasing compliance with international humanitarian law through international criminal law?
  12. Dale Stephens and Thomas Wooden

  13. Sexual and gender-based crimes
  14. Rosemary Grey

  15. The crime of aggression: shifting authority for international peace?
  16. Sean Richmond

  17. Rethinking liberal legality through the African Court on Justice and Human Rights: re-situating economic crimes and other enablers of violence
  18. Kamari Maxine Clarke

    Part III: The implementation of international criminal law

  19. The ad hoc tribunals: image, origins, pathways, legacies
  20. Timothy William Waters

  21. Hybrid tribunals: institutional experiments and the potential for creativity within international criminal law
  22. Philipp Kastner

  23. The International Criminal Court: between law and politics
  24. Christian M. De Vos

  25. Complementarity revisited: national prosecution of international crimes and the gaps in international law
  26. Fannie Lafontaine and Sophie Gagné

  27. The influence of international human rights law on international criminal procedure Yvonne McDermott
  28. ‘And where the offence is, let the great axe fall’: sentencing under international criminal law
  29. Mark A. Drumbl

  30. The role of victims: emerging rights to participation and reparation in international criminal courts

Stephen Smith Cody and Eric Stover

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Philipp Kastner is an Assistant Professor in International Law at the Law School of the University of Western Australia in Perth, Australia.