“Future Perspectives on International Criminal Justice” Published

“Future Perspectives on International Criminal Justice” Published

The wide-ranging book, which is edited by Carsten Stahn and Larissa van den Herik and published by Cambridge/TMC Asser, is well worth checking out.  Here is the table of contents:

Part I. The Influence of Scholars and Practitioners on the Development and Conceptualization of International Criminal Law: 1. ‘Satires of circumstance’: some notes on war crimes trials and irony Gerry Simpson; 2. The banality of evil on trial Alette Smeulers and Wouter Werner; 3. Why international criminal lawyers should read Mirjan Damaška Harmen van der Wilt; 4. The gentle humanizer of humanitarian law – Antonio Cassese and the creation of the customary law of non-international armed conflict Tamás Hoffmann; 5. The international criminal legal process: towards a realistic model of international criminal law in action Christoph Burchard.

Part II. Theorizing International Criminal Justice: 6. The two liberalisms of international criminal law Darryl Robinson; 7. International criminal law at the crossroads: from ad hoc imposition to a treaty-based universal system Kai Ambos; 8. In search of the ‘vertical’: towards an institutional theory of international criminal justice’s core Frédéric Mégret.

Part III. Re-Assessing the Balance Between International and Domestic Jurisdiction: 9. Situational gravity under the Rome Statute Kevin Jon Heller; 10. When law ‘expresses’ more than it cares to admit: comments on Heller Mark Osiel; 11. Should the prosecution of ordinary crimes in domestic jurisdictions satisfy the complementarity principle? Dawn Sedman; 12. Interpreting complementarity and interests of justice in the presence of restorative-based alternative forms of justice Marta Valiñas; 13. Universal jurisdiction and the prosecution of excluded asylum seekers Elizabeth Santalla.

Part IV. De-Individualizing International Criminal Law: Can Abstract Entities Commit International Crimes After All?: 14. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the aggravated state responsibility operationalizing the concept of state crime Scott Doucet; 15. Corporations as future subjects of the International Criminal Court: an exploration of the counterarguments and consequences Larissa van den Herik; 16. Gray war zone? The question of contractual control of the privatization of warfare and the civilianization of the military Dan Kuwali; 17. Holding private military companies accountable for their crimes: the applicability of the commander/superior responsibility doctrine Materneau Crispin.

Part V. Crime Definitions Revisited: 17. Defining the crime of aggression Astrid Reisinger; 18. Complementarity and aggression: a ticking time bomb? Nicolaos Strapatsas; 19. The recruitment and use of child soldiers: some reflections on the prosecution of a new war crime Michael E. Kurth.

Part VI. System Criminality and the Principle of Personal Fault: A Balancing Test in Setting the Appropriate Standards for Modes of Liability: 21. The difficulty with individual criminal responsibility in international criminal law Gideon Boas; 22. Current trends on modes of liability for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes Héctor Olásolo; 23. From ‘conspiracy’ to ‘joint criminal enterprise’: in search of the organizational parameter Athanasios Chouliaras.

Part VII. Towards One International Criminal Procedure?: 24. Trends in the development of a unified law of international criminal procedure Göran Sluiter; 25. Witness memory and the manufacture of evidence at the international criminal tribunals Alexander Zahar; 26. Remedies for war victims Liesbeth Zegveld; 27. Victim participation in ICC proceedings Nino Tsereteli; 28. Arrest and surrender under the ICC Statute: a contextual reading Carsten Stahn.

As you will see, the book includes my essay on situational gravity and a response by Mark Osiel.  I was honored to find out that Mark wanted to respond to my essay, and I recommend his contribution highly.

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And for the low, low price of $200!

Patrick S. O'Donnell

Indeed: I’m accepting charitable contributions directed toward the purchase of the book (up to $125.00; i.e., I’ll contribute $75.00 toward its purchase).

Thanks in advance.