Individual Criminal Responsibility in International Law (Oxford Monographs in International Law)

Individual Criminal Responsibility in International Law (Oxford Monographs in International Law)

By: Elies van Sliedregt (author)Hardback

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This book examines the concept of individual criminal responsibility for serious violations of international law, i.e. aggression, genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Such crimes are rarely committed by single individuals. Rather, international crimes generally connote a plurality of offenders, particularly in the execution of the crimes, which are often orchestrated and masterminded by individuals behind the scene of the crimes who can be termed 'intellectual perpetrators'. For a determination of individual guilt and responsibility, a fair assessment of the mutual relationships between those persons is indispensable. By setting out how to understand and apply concepts such as joint criminal enterprise, superior responsibility, duress, and the defence of superior orders, this work provides a framework for that assessment. It does so by bringing to light the roots of these concepts, which lie not merely in earlier phases of development of international criminal law but also in domestic law and legal doctrine. The book also critically reflects on how criminal responsibility has been developed in the case law of international criminal tribunals and courts. It thus illuminates and analyses the rules on individual responsibility in international law.

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Elies van Sliedregt is Professor of Criminal Law at VU University Amsterdam. She is a senior editor of the Leiden Journal of International Law and a member of The Young Academy of The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her research interests lie in the field of international, European, and comparative criminal law. Van Sliedregt has published extensively in the field of international and European criminal law. She currently heads a research group on the harmonization of international criminal law in the field of substantive international criminal law.


Introduction ; PART I: ATTRIBUTING CRIMINAL REPSONSIBILITY ; 1. Modes of Liability ; 2. Joint Criminal Enterprise/Common Purpose Liability ; 3. Participation in Genocide ; 4. Incitement and Conspiracy ; 5. Attempt and Abandonment ; 6. Superior Responsibility ; PART II: AVERTING CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY ; 7. Irrelevance of Official Capacity & Immunity ; 8. Superior Orders ; 9. Duress ; 10. Mistake of Fact and Law ; 11. Other defences ; Conclusion

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  • publication date: 01/03/2012
  • ISBN13: 9780199560363
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 376
  • ID: 9780199560363
  • weight: 716
  • ISBN10: 0199560366

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