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An Introduction to the International Criminal Court

3rd Edition


  • Date Published: November 2007
  • availability: Replaced by 9780521151955
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521707541


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  • The International Criminal Court has ushered in a new era in the protection of human rights. Protecting against genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, the Court acts when national justice systems are unwilling or unable to do so. This third edition of this seminal text on the Court considers it in action: its initial rulings by the Pre-Trial Chambers and the Appeals Chamber and those cases it is prosecuting as well as those where it had decided not to proceed, such as Iraq. It also explores the law of the Court up to and including its ruling on a confirmation hearing. It addresses the political context of the court, such as the difficulties created by US opposition and the increasing recognition of the inevitability of the institution. Written by the leading expert in the field, this text is essential reading for any student of the Court and its workings.

    • Third edition of this classic text explores the Court 'in action', examining its first cases and rulings
    • Leading commentator on the Court explores its political context to allow for full understanding
    • Companion website sets out important documents, problems and solutions and teaching aids such as power point slides
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    "...this analysis is the atypical tour-de-force for those seeking an authoritative but succinct, well-written but intellectually challenging, description of the work of this comparatively new player (ICC) on the international judicial stage."
    --ASIL UN21 Interest Group Newsletter [ISSUE #39: May 2009]

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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: November 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521707541
    • length: 562 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 154 x 34 mm
    • weight: 0.898kg
    • availability: Replaced by 9780521151955
  • Table of Contents

    1. Creation of the Court
    2. The Court becomes operational
    3. Jurisdiction
    4. Triggering the Jurisdiction
    5. Admissibility
    6. General principles of criminal law
    7. Investigation and pre-trial procedure
    8. Trial and appeal
    9. Punishment
    10. Victims of crimes and their concerns
    11. Structure and administration of the Court
    Appendix 1. Rome statute
    Appendix 2. States, parties and signatories
    Appendix 3. Declarations and reservations
    Appendix 4. Objections
    Appendix 5. Judges of the Court.

  • Author

    William A. Schabas, National University of Ireland, Galway
    WILLIAM A. SCHABAS OC is Professor of Human Rights Law at the National University of Ireland, Galway and Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights. His numerous publications include Genocide in International Law (2000), The Abolition of the Death Penalty in International Law (third edition, 2002), The United Nations International Criminal Tribunals, the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone (2006), International Human Rights Law and Canadian Law: Legal Commitment, Implementation and the Charter (2007), The Death Penalty as Cruel Treatment and Torture (1996), Précis du droit international des droits de la personne (1997) and Les instruments internationaux, canadiens et québécois des droits et libertés (1998). He is editor-in-chief of Criminal Law Forum, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Technical Cooperation in the Field of Human Rights.

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