Principles of International Criminal Law

Paperback | September 14, 2014

byGerhard Werle, Florian Jessberger

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Principles of International Criminal Law has become one of the most influential textbooks in the field of international criminal justice. It offers a systematic and comprehensive analysis of the foundations and general principles of substantive international criminal law, including thoroughdiscussion of its core crimes. It provides a detailed understanding of the general principles, sources, and evolution of international criminal law, demonstrating how it has developed, and how its application has changed. After establishing the general principles, the book assesses the four keyinternational crimes as defined by the statute of the International Criminal Court: genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression. This new edition revises and updates work with developments in international criminal justice since 2009. It includes new material on the principle of culpability as one of the fundamental principles of international criminal law, the notion of terrorism as a crime under international law, theconcept of direct participation in hostilities, the problem of so-called unlawful combatants, and the issue of targeted killings. The book retains its highly-acclaimed systematic approach and consistent methodology, making the book essential reading for both students and scholars of internationalcriminal law, as well as for practitioners and judges working in the field.

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Principles of International Criminal Law has become one of the most influential textbooks in the field of international criminal justice. It offers a systematic and comprehensive analysis of the foundations and general principles of substantive international criminal law, including thoroughdiscussion of its core crimes. It provides a d...

Gerhard Werle is Professor of International Criminal Law at Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin. He has been a visiting professor at various universities worldwide, including Columbia Law School, New York; Kansai University, Osaka; University of Sydney; University of Technology, Sydney; University of Cape Town; and University of the Western...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:608 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.68 inPublished:September 14, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198703600

ISBN - 13:9780198703600

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Table of Contents

Part One: Foundations1. Historical Evolution of International Criminal Law2. Concepts, Tasks, and Legitimacy3. International Criminal Law and the International Legal Order4. Sources and Interpretation5. Universal Jurisdiction, the Duty to Prosecute, Transitional Justice6. Enforcement7. Domestic ImplementationPart Two: General Principles8. Towards a General Theory of Crimes Under International Law9. Material Elements10. Mental Element11. Individual Criminal Responsibility12. Superior Responsibility13. Grounds for Excluding Criminal Responsibility14. Inchoate Crimes15. Omissions16. Official Capacity and Immunity17. Multiplicity of Offenses18. Requirements for ProsecutionPart Three: Genocide19. Introduction20. Material Elements21. Mental Element22. Incitement to Commit Genocide23. Multiplicity of OffensesPart Four: Crimes Against Humanity24. Introduction25. Contextual Element (Attack on a Civilian Population)26. Individual Acts27. Multiplicity of OffensesPart Five: War Crimes28. Introduction29. Overall Requirements30. War Crimes Against Persons31. War Crimes Against Property and Other Rights32. Employing Prohibited Methods of Warfare33. Use of Prohibited Means of Warfare34. War Crimes Against Humanitarian Operations35. Multiplicity of OffensesPart Six: The Crime of Aggression36. The Prohibition of Aggression Under International Law37. Criminal Responsibility Under Customary International Law (War of Aggression)38. The Crime of Aggression in the ICC Statute Prospects

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Review from previous edition: "... the book's structure and style allow for its use both as a reference work and as a practitioner's manual ... the author's scholarly modesty in naming his treatise Principles of International Criminal Law deserves a particular mention. Professors Ian Browlieand Eric David had both previously adopted similar titles for their classical monographs on the law of peace and the law of armed conflict. If the experience of those modestly-named volumes is a any guide, Principles of International Criminal Law may also have a very successful future ahead." --Journal of International Criminal Justice