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A Critical Introduction to International Criminal Law

A Critical Introduction to International Criminal Law


  • Date Published: December 2018
  • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2018
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108436397

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  • International criminal law has witnessed a rapid rise after the end of the Cold War. The UN refers to the birth of a new 'age of accountability', but certain historical objections, such as selectivity or victor's justice, have never fully gone away, and many of the justice dimensions of international criminal law remain unexplored. Various critiques have emerged in socio-legal scholarship or globalization discourse, revealing that there is a stark discrepancy between reality and expectation. Linking discussion of legal theories, case-law and practice to scholarship and opinion, A Critical Introduction to International Criminal Law explores these critiques through five main themes at the heart of contemporary dilemmas: • The shifting contours of criminality and international crimes • The tension between individual and collective responsibility • The challenges of domestic, international, hybrid and regional justice institutions • The foundations of justice procedures • Approaches towards punishment and reparation Suitable for students, academics and professionals from multiple fields wishing to understand contemporary theories, practices and critiques of international criminal law. This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.

    • Takes a problem-oriented approach, treating subjects through core challenges, which invites engagement with real-life challenges and big picture issues
    • Covers philosophical and scholarly perspectives on core themes of ICL, making it relevant to graduate, post-graduate and Ph.D. students, as well as teachers, scholars and practitioners
    • The book is related to a free learning environment, the MOOC on Investigating and Prosecuting International Crimes, offering an additional learning guidance with exercises
    • This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Advance praise: 'This book comes as a gift from heaven for those interested in and concerned about international criminal justice at this critical juncture in time.' Christine Van den Wyngaert, Judge at the Specialist Chambers for Kosovo and formerly judge at the International Court of Justice, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Court

    Advance praise: 'Thoughtful, provocative, authoritative, insightful and impeccably referenced, Carsten Stahn's rich study speaks to a broad spectrum of issues in international criminal justice. This is an invaluable source to which practitioners, scholars, students and judges will turn again and again.' William Schabas, Middlesex University, London

    Advance praise: 'This book is monumental in its scope, breathtaking in its depth, stunning in its rigour, and insightful in its tone. Carsten Stahn says it all, and says it all so well.' Mark A. Drumbl, Class of 1975 Alumni Professor of Law and Director, Transnational Law Institute, Washington and Lee University, Virginia

    Advance praise: 'Neither excessively pessimistic nor hagiographic, Carsten Stahn's book paints a realistic portrait of international criminal law's peril and promise. Its chapters weave effortlessly back and forth between conceptual analysis, doctrinal developments, and international context. Rarely has a book so comprehensively catalogued the bright future of the discipline while also remaining levelheaded about its challenges. Theoreticians and practitioners alike will be delighted, as I am, by Stahn's spirited excavation of the irresolvable tensions of the field.' Jens David Ohlin, Vice Dean and Professor of Law, Cornell Law School, New York

    Advance praise: 'Carsten Stahn has written a remarkably insightful masterpiece probing the depths of international criminal law, which has desperately needed the clarity of argument found in this book. Soaring above a very congested field of scholarship, Stahn presents a pragmatic, worldly, and historically penetrating view of the multitude of issues in the realm of international criminal law. The word that kept coming to me as I read his book is, 'enlightening'. Professionals, students, and academics will only profit by reading its gems of logic and legal scrutiny.' David Scheffer, Northwestern University and US Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues (1997–2001)

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108436397
    • length: 464 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 174 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.84kg
    • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2018
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    1. International crimes
    2. Individual and collective responsibility
    3. The global institutional architecture
    4. International criminal justice procedures
    5. Remedying wrong
    6. Beyond the status quo: re-thinking international criminal law

  • Author

    Carsten Stahn, Universiteit Leiden
    Carsten Stahn is a Professor of International Criminal Law and Global Justice at the Leiden Law School, Universiteit Leiden, and is Former Legal Officer at the International Criminal Court. He is project leader of NWO grants on jus post bellum and post-conflict justice, winner of the Ciardi Prize of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War for work on International Territorial Administration (2008). Professor Stahn is editor of the Leiden Journal of International Law and correspondent of the Netherlands International Law Review. He has taught International Criminal Law in Geneva and Galway, and has published eleven books and over seventy articles/essays in different fields of international law and international justice.

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