Causation in International Crimes Cases: (Re)Conceptualizing the Causal Linkage

46 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2020

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Marjolein Cupido

VU University Amsterdam - Faculty of Law

Date Written: July 2, 2020

Abstract

This working paper discusses the meaning of causation in international criminal law. Based on theoretical and comparative analyses, the paper argues for a normative interpretation of causality. As a normative concept, causality should be interpreted in light of: the collective and organized nature of international crimes; the notion of risk-taking; the hydraulic relation between acts reus and mens rea; and the notion of proximity.

Keywords: International Criminal Law, Causation, Empirical Versus Normative, Comparative Analysis

JEL Classification: K14, K33

Suggested Citation

Cupido, Marjolein, Causation in International Crimes Cases: (Re)Conceptualizing the Causal Linkage (July 2, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3641283 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3641283

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