International Criminal Law: A New Legal Hybrid?

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Frederic Megret

McGill University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: September 17, 2003


This paper seeks to establish the viability of the "convergence" thesis as applied to common and civil law by an examination of the emergence of international criminal law, particularly as it is applied by international criminal tribunals. It suggests that the concept of "legal hybrid" is that which most approximates the conditions in which two legal systems or traditions do not simply overlap, but blend into a sui generis system that is more than the sum of both. It traces the dynamics of that hybridization, in an attempt to understand how transystemic "areas" in the law are produced, sustained and developed.

Keywords: international criminal law, legal hybrids, hybrid, common law, civil law, accusatorial, inquisitorial, trans-systemic

JEL Classification: K1, K33

Suggested Citation

Mégret, Frédéric, International Criminal Law: A New Legal Hybrid? (September 17, 2003). Available at SSRN: or

Frédéric Mégret (Contact Author)

McGill University - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Montreal H3A 1W9, Quebec

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