Introduction to the International Criminal Court / Edition 4

Introduction to the International Criminal Court / Edition 4

by William A. Schabas
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521151953

ISBN-13: 2900521151954

Pub. Date: 02/28/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The International Criminal Court ushers in a new era in the protection of human rights. The Court will prosecute genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes when national justice systems are either unwilling or unable to do so themselves. This third revised edition considers the initial rulings by the Pre-Trial Chambers and the Appeals Chamber, and the cases it

Overview

The International Criminal Court ushers in a new era in the protection of human rights. The Court will prosecute genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes when national justice systems are either unwilling or unable to do so themselves. This third revised edition considers the initial rulings by the Pre-Trial Chambers and the Appeals Chamber, and the cases it is prosecuting - namely, Democratic Republic of Congo, northern Uganda, Darfur - as well as those where it has decided not to proceed, such as Iraq. The law of the Court up to and including its ruling on a confirmation hearing committing Charles Lubanga for trial on child soldiers offences is covered. The book also addresses the difficulties created by US opposition, analysing the ineffectiveness of measures taken by Washington to obstruct the Court, and its increasing recognition of the inevitability of the institution.

About the Author:
William A. Schabas OC is Professor of Human Rights Law at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900521151954
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
594

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
List of abbreviations     xiv
Creation of the Court     1
The Nuremberg and Tokyo trials     5
The International Law Commission     8
The ad hoc tribunals     11
Drafting of the Rome Statute     15
The Court becomes operational     22
United States opposition     24
Developing a prosecution strategy     32
Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army     36
Democratic Republic of Congo and the Lubanga case     42
Darfur referred by the Security Council     47
Other situations     51
Jurisdiction     58
Temporal (ratione temporis) jurisdiction     65
Personal (ratione personae) jurisdiction     71
Territorial (ratione loci) jurisdiction     75
Acceptance of jurisdiction by a non-party State     78
Subject-matter (ratione materiae) jurisdiction     82
Genocide     91
Crimes against humanity     98
War crimes     112
Aggression     133
Other offences     140
Triggering the jurisdiction     141
State Party referral     143
Security Councilreferral     151
Proprio motu authority of the Prosecutor     159
Security Council deferral     166
Admissibility     171
Complementarity     174
Gravity     186
Ne bis in idem     191
General principles of criminal law     194
Sources of law     194
Interpreting the Rome Statute     200
Presumption of innocence     203
Rights of the accused     205
Individual criminal responsibility     210
Responsibility of commanders and other superiors     219
Mens rea or mental element     223
Defences     226
Statutory limitation     233
Investigation and pre-trial procedure     235
Initiation of an investigation     239
Investigation     248
Arrest and surrender     257
Appearance before the Court and interim release     269
Confirmation hearing     273
Rulings on jurisdiction and admissibility     278
Preparation for trial     282
Trial and appeal     285
Presence at trial     287
Defence and right to counsel     290
Guilty plea procedure     292
Evidence     294
Decision     301
Sentencing procedure     304
Appeal and revision     306
Punishment     312
Available penalties     316
Enforcement     320
Victims of crimes and their concerns     323
Victim participation in proceedings     328
Protective measures     333
Reparations for victims     337
Institutions for victims     338
Structure and administration of the Court     342
Headquarters in The Hague     342
Relationship with the United Nations     344
The Presidency     345
The Chambers     346
Office of the Prosecutor     351
The Registry     356
Coordination Council     357
Advisory Committee on Legal Texts     357
Detention Unit     358
Outreach     359
Defence bar     361
Assembly of States Parties     365
Review Conference     366
Friends of the Court     367
Privileges and immunities     367
Languages     369
Funding      370
Settlement of disputes     371
Reservations     372
Amendment     375
Signature, ratification, approval and accession     377
Authentic texts     378
Appendices
Rome Statute     381
States Parties and signatories     465
Declarations and reservations     470
Objections     482
Judges of the Court     487
Bibliography     489
Index     529

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