The Subjects of International Criminal Law
in Philip Kastner (ed.), International Criminal Law in Context, Taylor and Francis (2017).
14 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2017
Date Written: March 16, 2017
This chapter surveys what the principal subjects of international criminal law are. Although the idea of state crimes has increasingly been side-lined in favour of a focus on individual responsibility in international criminal law, the criminal responsibility of various non-state actors is a recurrent motif in the contemporary international legal order. Understanding the subjects of international criminal law involves understanding how they relate to each other, and in particular how individuals almost only ever commit international crimes as a result of their participation within larger structures.
Keywords: International criminal law, subjects of international law, states, individuals
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