Essays on International Criminal Justice

Essays on International Criminal Justice

By: Hector Olasolo (author)Hardback

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Crimes of atrocity have profound and long-lasting effects on any society. The difference between triggering and preventing these tragic crimes often amounts to the choice between national potential preserved or destroyed. It is also important to recognise that they are not inevitable: the commission of these crimes requires a collective effort, an organisational context, and long planning and preparation. Thus, the idea of strengthening preventative action has taken on greater relevance, and is now encompassed in the emerging notion of 'responsibility to prevent'. International courts and tribunals contribute to this effort by ending impunity for past crimes. Focusing investigations and prosecution on the highest leadership maximises the impact of this contribution. The ICC has an additional preventative mandate which is fulfilled by its timely intervention in the form of preliminary examinations. Moreover, when situations of atrocity crimes are triggered, its complementarity regime incentivises states to stop violence and comply with their duties to investigate and prosecute, thus strengthening the rule of law at the national level. The new role granted to victims by the Rome Statute is key to the ICC's successful fulfilment of these functions. This new book of essays, which includes the author's unpublished inaugural lecture at Utrecht University, examines these issues and places particular emphasis on the additional preventative mandate of the ICC, the ICC complementarity regime, the new role granted to victims, and the prosecution of the highest leadership through the notion of indirect perpetration. 'The work of Professor Olasolo breaks new ground in the academic field of international criminal law, as an analysis of the system as a whole. I therefore wish to express my congratulations for this work.' From the Foreword by Luis Moreno Ocampo Prosecutor, International Criminal Court, The Hague, 27 April 2011 '[Professor Hector Olasolo's] compilation provides an enormous source of easy reference to students, academia and legal actors in the field of international law. A look at the titles compiled in this volume demonstrates the present challenges to international criminal justice'. From the Preliminary Reflections by Elizabeth Odio Benito Judge and Former Vice-President, International Criminal Court, The Hague, May 2011 'This collection, written by a brilliant and prolific scholar and practitioner of international criminal justice, is an insightful and important contribution to the existing literature...Each chapter in this collection is copiously footnoted and thoroughly researched, making it an important reference tool for scholars and practitioners in the field. Additionally and importantly, the chapters explore, without polemic, areas of controversy and dissent and thoughtfully and scrupulously set forth arguments for and against particular doctrinal choices.' From the Introduction by Leila Nadya Sadat Henry H Oberschelp Professor of Law and Director, Whitney R Harris World Law Institute, Washington University School of Law; Alexis de Tocqueville Distinguished Fulbright Chair, Universite de Cergy-Pontoise, Paris, Spring 2011

About Author

Hector Olasolo is Professor of International Criminal Law and International Criminal Procedure at the University of Utrecht and Chairman of the Ibero-American Institute of the Hague for Peace, Human Rights and International Justice.


Foreword: Law in the Twenty-First Century Luis Moreno Ocampo, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Preliminary Reflections: The Preventative Role of the International Criminal Court Judge Elizabeth Odio Benito, Judge and former Vice-President of the International Criminal Court Introduction to Essays on International Criminal Justice Leila Nadya Sadat, Henry H Oberschelp Professor of Law and Director, Whitney R Harris World Law Institute, Washington University School of Law 1: The Role of the International Criminal Court in Preventing Atrocity Crimes through Timely Intervention 2: The Admissibility of 'Situations' 3: The Admissibility Analysis of the 'Situation' in the Republic of Kenya Before the International Criminal Court 4: The Distinction Between Situations and Cases in National Laws of Cooperation with the ICC 5: Complementarity Analysis of National Sentencing 6: The Application of Indirect Perpetration through Organised Structures of Power at the International Level 7: Shedding Some Light on the Nature of the Notion of Joint Criminal Enterprise and its Extended Form 8: Victims' Participation According to the Jurisprudence of the International Criminal Court 9: Legal Clinics in Continental Western Europe: The Approach of the Utrecht Legal Clinic Reflections on Complementarity and Cooperation in Early Practice under the Rome Statute Judge Rene Blattmann, Judge and former Vice-President of the International Criminal Court, Carl Bertelsmann Prize, Dr. Hc. University of Basel and Humboldt University of Berlin Final Reflection: The Challenges of the International Criminal Court Judge Silvia A Fernandez de Gurmendi, Judge of the International Criminal Court Epilogue: Building the Proceedings Before the Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court Judge Sylvia H Steiner, Judge and President of the Pre-Trial Division of the International Criminal Co

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  • ISBN13: 9781841130521
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9781841130521
  • weight: 547
  • ISBN10: 1841130524

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