"In the past couple of decades an autonomous international system of law has aggressively developed to deal with individual criminal responsibility for the most heinous of crimes. However, the development and application of the international criminal system is mired in criticism and concern. While international criminal law is playing an increasingly important role in global politics and issues of global security, normative theory has not kept pace with the advancements in this area of law. This book examines international criminal law (ICL) from a normative perspective, setting out how individuals ought to be held accountable to the world for their contribution to atrocity. In addition to addressing the normative basis for ICL, the book provides criteria for determining the kinds of actions that should be addressed through international criminal law. It asks, and answers, how individual responsibility can be determined in the context of collectively perpetrated political crimes and whether an international criminal justice system can claim universality in a culturally plural world. The book scrutinizes the function of ICL and finally considers how the goals and purpose of international law can be best institutionally supported"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages -200) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
1. The distinct domain of international criminal law 2. International crimes 3. The expressive value of judgment and punishment 4. Challenges of individual responsibility within collective wrongs 5. Identifying liability, fair labelling and limited offenses 6. Complementarity and the detriments of universal jurisdiction 7. Evaluating judicial mechanisms 8. Retributive justice as culturally insensitive? 9. Collective responsibility and collective punishment.