Individual Criminal Responsibility in International Law

Hardcover | March 21, 2012

byElies van Sliedregt

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This book examines the concept of individual criminal responsibility for serious violations of international law, i.e. aggression, genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Such crimes are rarely committed by single individuals. Rather, international crimes generally connote aplurality of offenders, particularly in the execution of the crimes, which are often orchestrated and masterminded by individuals behind the scene of the crimes who can be termed 'intellectual perpetrators'. For a determination of individual guilt and responsibility, a fair assessment of the mutualrelationships between those persons is indispensable. By setting out how to understand and apply concepts such as joint criminal enterprise, superior responsibility, duress, and the defence of superior orders, this work provides a framework for that assessment. It does so by bringing to light the roots of these concepts, which lie not merely in earlierphases of development of international criminal law but also in domestic law and legal doctrine. The book also critically reflects on how criminal responsibility has been developed in the case law of international criminal tribunals and courts. It thus illuminates and analyses the rules onindividual responsibility in international law.

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This book examines the concept of individual criminal responsibility for serious violations of international law, i.e. aggression, genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Such crimes are rarely committed by single individuals. Rather, international crimes generally connote aplurality of offenders, particularly in the executio...

Elies van Sliedregt is Professor of Criminal Law at VU University Amsterdam. She is a senior editor of the Leiden Journal of International Law and a member of The Young Academy of The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her research interests lie in the field of international, European, and comparative criminal law. Van Sl...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pagesPublished:March 21, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPART I: Attributing Criminal Responsibility1. Modes of Liability2. Joint Criminal Enterprise/Common Purpose Liability3. Participation in Genocide4. Incitement and Conspiracy5. Attempt and Abandonment6. Superior ResponsibilityPART II: Averting Criminal Responsibility7. Irrelevance of Official Capacity and Immunity8. Superior Orders9. Duress10. Mistake of Fact and Law11. Other defencesConclusion