The Oxford Companion to International Criminal Justice

by Kevin Jon Heller

Every law professor has that one edited book to which they wish they had contributed.  This one is mine.  The contributors read like a Who’s Who of international criminal law:

A.  Major Problems of International Criminal Justice
Part I. How to Face International Crimes
Collective Violence and International Crimes, A. Ceretti
State Responsibility and Criminal Liability of Individuals, A. Bianchi
Alternatives to International Criminal Justice, J. E. Alvarez
Part II. Fundamentals of International Criminal Law
Sources of International Criminal Law, D. Akande
General Principles of International Criminal Law, G. Werle
International Criminalization of Prohibited Conduct, P. Gaeta
Gender-related Violence and International Criminal Law and Justice, C. Chinkin
Modes of International Criminal Liability, B. Swart
Part III. The Interplay of International Criminal Law and Other Bodies of Law
Comparative Criminal Law as a Necessary Tool for the Application of International Criminal Law, M. Delmas-Marty
The Influence of the Common Law and Civil Law Traditions on International Criminal Law, G.P. Fletcher
Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law, M. Sassòli
Part IV. International Criminal Trials
The Rationale for International Criminal Justice, A. Cassese
International Criminal Justice in Historical Perspective: The Tension Between States’ Interests and the Pursuit of International Justice, M. Cherif Bassiouni
The ICC as a Turning Point in the History of International Criminal Justice, C. Kress
The ICC and Third States, Jia Bing Bing
Politics and Justice: The Role of the Security Council, D. Shraga
Problematic Features of International Criminal Procedure, M.R. Damaska
Cooperation of States with International Criminal Tribunals, G. Sluiter
Means of Gathering Evidence and Arresting Suspects in Situations of States’ Failure to Cooperate, R. Cryer
International v. National Prosecution of International Crimes, F. Jessberger
Judicial Activism v. Judicial Restraint in International Criminal Justice, S. Zappalà
B. Issues, Institutions, and Personalities
C. Cases

As the Table of Contents indicates, the book has a somewhat schizophrenic structure: the first section contains essays — all of which are essential reading — while the second and third essentially constitute an encyclopedia of international criminal law.  Section C, which provides capsule summaries of dozens of international and national cases involving international crimes — many of which are very obscure and nearly impossible to research — should prove particularly useful for students and scholars of ICL.  That section is worth the price of admission alone.

Even better, that price is impressively reasonable: $260 for the hardback, $90 for the paperback.  The paperback is a particularly good deal, given that the book checks in at more than 1000 pages.

Buy the book.  And ask the editors to invite me to contribute to the next edition.

5 Responses

  1. Oh you’re totally getting an invite now!  (and it would be well deserved)

  2. I am sad that $260 has become reasonable for texts like this.  I could buy eleven regular books for that price.  Consider me a holdout for the paperback. 😉

  3. Mike,

    The paperback is already out.  (I have it.)  As I said in the post, it’s priced more reasonably at $90.00.

  4. Kevin,

    When I looked up the pbk. at Amazon here in the states I was asked to sign up for an e-mail notice so as to be informed when it is available, so it seems one cannot as of yet purchase it, at least over here via Amazon (I usually check for availability from them, and then order it from our local bookseller, who deserves the bulk of my book orders). Anyway, I do appreciate learning of its publication and hope you are indeed asked to contribute to the next edition .

  5. Response…as the publisher of the book I should just point out that there is usually a gap of about 4-6 weeks between official publication of a title in the UK and the US as that is how long it takes the stock to travel between the warehouses on opposite sides of the Atlantic.

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