A Concise History of International Criminal Law: Chapter 1 of International Criminal Law: Intersections & Contradictions

49 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2007 Last revised: 5 Sep 2020

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Beth Van Schaack

Stanford Law School

Ronald C. Slye

Independent; Seattle University School of Law

Date Written: July 1, 2020

Abstract

This work is an introductory chapter for a forthcoming book on International Criminal Law: Intersections and Contradictions to be published by Foundation Press as part of their Concepts & Insights series. This chapter presents a succinct history of international criminal law (ICL), drawing upon major developments in the law of armed conflict, international human rights law, and the criminal prohibitions against piracy and the slave trade. The chapter interweaves the history of substantive norms with that of evolving principles of domestic and international jurisdiction, as these narratives are virtually inseparable in ICL. Additional chapters in the text will address the sources of ICL, the major international crimes and defenses, and ICL reasoning and rhetoric. Publication is expected in 2020 for adoption in 2021.

Keywords: International criminal law, piracy, slavery, Nuremberg, war crimes, crimes against humanity, legal history,

JEL Classification: K10, K14, K33, K42, N40, F53, F43, F55

Suggested Citation

Van Schaack, Beth and Slye, Ronald C., A Concise History of International Criminal Law: Chapter 1 of International Criminal Law: Intersections & Contradictions (July 1, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1016152 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1016152

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