International Crime and Punishment: A Guide to the Issues

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International Crime and Punishment: A Guide to the Issues explores the many facets of this relatively new field of criminal law, an autonomous branch of law that concerns international crimes and the systems set up to handle individuals who are accused of committing them. As the author explains, international crimes include crimes against humanity, crimes against peace, war crimes, trafficking in human beings, drug trafficking, money laundering, arms trafficking, and smuggling of cultural artifacts.

The laws may seem straightforward, but the system is not without controversy. As the author shows, the United States has opposed certain actions of the International Criminal Court, while other countries have objected to U.S. plans to refer persons accused of terrorism to military tribunals. Clearly and cogently, this work introduces the principles of international criminal law, its enforcement, and the conflicts that have arisen as a result. Journalists, policymakers, students, and educated citizens will find the book an essential tool for unraveling today's news stories.

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"Written for journalists, students, policymakers and "educated citizens" who need to review the enforcement of international criminal law, this volume defines the general principles that guide global legal organizations while dealing with such issues as the rights of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Russian military actions in Chechnya and the current wave of piracy off the coast of Somalia. The author also includes a glossary of Latin legal terms and a thorough review of pertinent cases, treaties and conventions."


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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Setting the Stage: Defining an International Crime 1

Ch. 2 Setting the Stage II: Concepts and General Principles 25

Ch. 3 Courts, Tribunals, and Other Adjudicatory Bodies 49

Ch. 4 Crimes against Humanity 86

Ch. 5 Genocide 111

Ch. 6 War Crimes: International Humanitarian Law 137

Ch. 7 Prosecution and Defense in International Courts 162

Ch. 8 Transnational Crimes: Piracy, Slavery, Terrorism, and Torture 193

Glossary of Latin Terms 221

Bibliography and Resources 223

Cases 235

Treaties and Conventions 239

Index 243

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