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
Date Written: July 1, 2020
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
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