Defining International Criminal Law

12 Pages Posted: 14 Aug 2007

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Beth Van Schaack

Stanford Law School

Ronald C. Slye

Independent; Seattle University School of Law

Date Written: August 2007


This work is an introductory chapter for a forthcoming book on Understanding International Criminal Law to be published by Aspen Publishers as part of Aspen's Essentials series. This chapter presents a succinct definition of international criminal law (ICL), situating it within the fields of public international law, transnational law, international human rights, and international humanitarian law. Additional chapters in the text will address the history of ICL, the sources of ICL, the major international crimes and defenses, and ICL reasoning and rhetoric. Publication is expected in 2007 for adoption in 2008.

Suggested Citation

Van Schaack, Beth and Slye, Ronald C., Defining International Criminal Law (August 2007). Santa Clara Univ. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 07-32, Available at SSRN: or

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