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Assessing the Control-Theory

Leiden Journal of International Law, Vol. 26, Issue 3, Forthcoming

VU University Amsterdam Legal Studies Paper Series

26 Pages Posted: 10 Jun 2013  

Jens David Ohlin

Cornell University - School of Law

Elies van Sliedregt

Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, School of Law; University of Leeds, School of Law

Thomas Weigend

University of Cologne

Date Written: May 1, 2013

Abstract

As the first cases before the ICC proceed to the Appeals Chamber, the judges ought to critically evaluate the merits and demerits of the control-theory of perpetratorship and its related doctrines. The request for a possible re-characterization of the form of responsibility in the case of Katanga and the recent acquittal of Ngudjolo can be taken as indications that the control-theory, is problematic as a theory of liability. The authors, in a spirit of constructive criticism, invite the ICC Appeals Chamber to take this unique opportunity to reconsider or improve the control-theory as developed by the Pre-Trial Chambers in the Lubanga and Katanga cases.

Keywords: ICC, Lubanga case, Katanga case, control-theory, joint perpetration, indirect co-perpetration, hierarchy of blameworthiness

Suggested Citation

Ohlin, Jens David and Sliedregt, Elies van and Weigend, Thomas, Assessing the Control-Theory (May 1, 2013). Leiden Journal of International Law, Vol. 26, Issue 3, Forthcoming; VU University Amsterdam Legal Studies Paper Series. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2276677 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2276677

Jens David Ohlin

Cornell University - School of Law ( email )

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Elies Van Sliedregt (Contact Author)

University of Leeds, School of Law ( email )

Leeds, LS2 9JT
United Kingdom

Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, School of Law ( email )

Leeds LS2 9JT
United Kingdom

Thomas Weigend

University of Cologne ( email )

Albertus-Magnus-Platz
Cologne, 50923
Germany

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