International Justice and the International Criminal Court: Between Sovereignty and the Rule of Law / Edition 1

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Since the Nuremberg Trials of top Nazi leaders following the Second World War, international law has affirmed that no-one, whatever their rank or office, is above accountability for their crimes. Yet the Cold War put geopolitical agendas ahead of effective action against war crimes and major human rights abuses, and no permanent system to address impunity was put in place. It was only with the Cold War's end that governments turned again to international institutions to address impunity, first by establishing International Criminal Tribunals to prosecute genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, and then by adopting the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court in 1998. Domestic courts also assumed a role, notably through extradition proceedings against former Chilean President Augusto Pinochet in London, then in Belgium, Senegal, and elsewhere. At the same time, as some have announced a new era in the international community's response to atrocities, fundamental tensions persist between the immediate State interests and the demands of justice.

This book is about those tensions. It reviews the rapid recent development of international criminal law, and explores solutions to key problems of official immunities, universal jurisdiction, the International Criminal Court, and the stance of the United States, seeking to clarify how justice can best be done in a system of sovereign States. Whilst neither the end of the Cold War nor the 'decline of sovereignty' in themselves make consistent justice more likely, the ICC may encourage a culture of accountability that will support more regular enforcement of international criminal law in the long term.

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Editorial Reviews

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"An insightful and convincing icture of how international law is made today and how the rule of law is faring in general in international relations."
—Mary Ellen O'Connell, The Ohio State University

Review(s) from previous edition
"A thoughtful and well-researched work"
—International Criminal Law Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199274246
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/2/2004
  • Series: Oxford Monographs in International Law Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 226
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Broomhall is Professor of Criminal Law at the Department of Law of the University of Quebec at Montreal. He previously held the positions of Assistant Professor of International Law at Central European University (Budapest), Senior Legal Officer for International Justice at the Open Society Justice Initiative, and Director of the International Justice Program at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (New York). He has participated in numerous international justice-related processes, including Rome Diplomatic Conference on the ICC. He has lectured in international law at Columbia University, as well as at King's College London, from which he holds a Ph.D.

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Table of Contents

I: Scope
II: From National to International Responsibility
III: The Rule of Law and International Accountability
IV: The International Criminal Court
V: National Proceedings (Including Amnesties)
VI: Universal Jurisdiction
VII: Immunity
VIII: ICC Enforcement: Cooperation of States, Including the Security Council
IX: Cornerstone or Stumbling Block? The United States and the ICC
International Criminal Law
1. International Criminal Law - Scope
2. The International Interest Underlying International Criminal Law
The Rule of Law
3. Main Indicia
4. Application to International Criminal Law
5. Clarity and Prospectivity
6. The International Criminal Court
7. National Proceedings, Including Amnesties
8. Universal Jurisdiction
9. Immunity
10. ICC Enforcement: Cooperation of States, Including the Security Council
11. A Regime without a Hegemon? The United States and the ICC
Conclusion: Systematic Change and International Justice

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