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The Founders
Four Pioneering Individuals Who Launched the First Modern-Era International Criminal Tribunals


Kofi Annan, Hans Corell, Leila Nadya Sadat, Michael Scharf, William Schabas, Richard Goldstone, David M. Crane, Luis Moreno Ocampo, Robert Petit, David Scheffer
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  • Date Published: March 2018
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108439510

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  • The Balkan Wars, the Rwanda genocide, and the crimes against humanity in Cambodia and Sierra Leone spurred the creation of international criminal tribunals to bring the perpetrators of unimaginable atrocities to justice. When Richard Goldstone, David Crane, Robert Petit, and Luis Moreno-Ocampo received the call - each set out on a unique quest to build an international criminal tribunal and launch its first prosecutions. Never before have the founding International Prosecutors told the behind-the-scenes stories of their historic journey. With no blueprint and little precedent, each was a path-breaker. This book contains the first-hand accounts of the challenges they faced, the obstacles they overcame, and the successes they achieved in obtaining justice for millions of victims.

    • Provides contextual placement of modern tribunals
    • Covers the creation of modern international criminal law
    • Offers a chief prosecutor's perspective for the first time
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    'In an engaging series of essays, each provides firsthand accounts of their involvement in the creation of these institutions, offering personal reflections on their evolution. As a compilation of their stories, the book is a unique contribution to the literature on the history of international tribunals, and the narratives provide insights not found elsewhere. Though the book is targeted at academic audiences, it is written in an informal style non-experts can easily follow. Four additional chapters by international law experts provide context. All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals … by David Scheffer, one of the contributors, is a complementary book. … The Founders should find a welcome home in law libraries with specialized collections in international criminal law.' D. Ettinger, CHOICE connect

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    • Date Published: March 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108439510
    • length: 180 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 153 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.28kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Kofi Annan
    Part I. Putting it All in Context: Introduction Hans Corell
    1. International criminal justice: the journey from politics to law Leila Nadya Sadat
    2. The cornerstone: Robert H. Jackson and the Nuremberg tribunal Michael Scharf
    3. The Balkan investigation William Schabas
    Part II. The Founders:
    4. The international criminal tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda Richard Goldstone
    5. The Special Court for Sierra Leone David M. Crane
    6. The International Criminal Court Luis Moreno Ocampo
    7. Extraordinary chambers in the courts of Cambodia Robert Petit
    Part III. The 'Take Aways':
    8. Closing perspectives David Scheffer.

  • Editors

    David M. Crane, Syracuse University, New York
    David M. Crane is the first American to be named the Chief Prosecutor of an international war crimes tribunal since Justice Robert Jackson at Nuremberg in 1945. He is one of the most recognizable international criminal lawyers in the world, renowned as the person who took down the most powerful warlord in Africa, President Charles Taylor of Liberia – the only person to have taken down a sitting head of state for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the modern era. Crane is now leading the international effort to hold President Assad of Syria and his henchmen accountable.

    Leila N. Sadat, Washington University, St Louis
    Leila Sadat is the James Carr Professor of International Criminal Law at Washington University and Director of the Harris World Law Institute. Since 2012 she has served as Special Adviser on Crimes Against Humanity to the ICC Prosecutor, and in 2008 launched the Crimes Against Humanity Initiative to address the scourge of global atrocity crimes and draft a treaty on their punishment and prevention. Sadat is an award-winning scholar who recently received an Honorary Doctorate from Northwestern University, Illinois. She is incoming President of the International Law Association (American Branch) and a member of the US Council on Foreign Relations.

    Michael P. Scharf, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio
    Michael P. Scharf is Dean of Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Scharf is the author of eighteen books, including three that have won national book of the year honors. During the elder Bush and Clinton Administrations, he served as Attorney-Adviser for UN Affairs in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the US Department of State. He is the Co-Founder of the Nobel Peace Prize-nominated Public International Law and Policy Group.


    Kofi Annan, Hans Corell, Leila Nadya Sadat, Michael Scharf, William Schabas, Richard Goldstone, David M. Crane, Luis Moreno Ocampo, Robert Petit, David Scheffer

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