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International Judicial Institutions

The architecture of international justice at home and abroad, 2nd Edition

By Richard J. Goldstone, Adam M. Smith


202 pages

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This fully-updated and much expanded second edition provides a much needed, short and accessible introduction to the current debates in international humanitarian law. Written by a former UN Chief Prosecutor and a leading international law expert, this book analyses the legal and political underpinnings of international judicial institutions, it provides the reader with an understanding of both the historical development of institutions directed towards international justice, as well as an overview of the differences and similarities between such organizations.

New to this edition:

  • New updates on recently found records of the United Nations War Crimes Commission.
  • Updates on the recent judicial decisions of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
  • Updates on the Special Tribunal For Lebanon
  • A re-evaluation of the future of the International Criminal Court

International Judicial Institutions: Second Edition will be of great interest to students of International Politics, Criminology and Law.

Table of Contents

Introduction, 1. International humanitarian law: a short review, 2. The pre-dawn of international justice: through World War I, 3. International justice following World War II: Nuremberg and Tokyo, 4. The Cold War and the rise of domestic international justice 5. Post-Cold War justice: the UN ad hoc tribunals, mixed courts, and the ICC, 6. Post-ICC prosecutions: new domestic proceedings and international proceedings, 7. beyond ICC justice, 8. Conclusion: the future of "international" justice—active at home and abroad.

About the Authors

Richard J. Goldstone is Visiting Professor at University of Virginia School of Law, former Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, and former Chief Prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

Adam M. Smith is a Washington, DC-based international lawyer. He has written and lectured extensively on international law and has worked on post-conflict justice in the Balkans, Asia, and Africa. Educated at Harvard, Oxford, and Brown, Smith has held posts at the White House, the UN and the World Bank and is the author of After Genocide: Bringing the Devil to Justice.

About the Series

Global Institutions

The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex, UK).

The Series has two "streams" identified by their covers:

  • Blue covers offer comprehensive, accessible, and informative guides to the history, structure, and activities of key international organizations, and introductions to topics of key importance in contemporary global governance. Recognized experts use a similar structure to address the general purpose and rationale for specific organizations along with historical developments, membership, structure, decision-making procedures, key functions, and an annotated bibliography and guide to electronic sources.
  • Red covers consist of research monographs and edited collections that advance knowledge about one aspect of global governance; they reflect a wide variety of intellectual orientations, theoretical persuasions, and methodological approaches.

Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General