Facts Matter: A Study into the Casuistry of Substantive International Criminal Law

By Marjolein Cupido

International criminal law has gained momentum since the creation of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda and the International Criminal Court in the 1990s. Through case law, these courts have transformed rudimentary notions of accountability for mass atrocity into comprehensive concepts of individual criminal responsibility for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. This process has been characterized by a high degree of judicial creativity. The courts have progressively advanced and modernized underdeveloped and outdated international criminal law and theories of liability. This book analyzes and evaluates the creative practice of international courts by using insights from casuistry. In particular, it takes the theory and methodology of casuistry as a starting point for assessing three substantive legal issues: the policy element of crimes against humanity, the distinction between Joint Criminal Enterprise and joint perpetration, and the contextual embedding of genocide. This assessment complements prevailing notions of substantive international criminal law and adds a new voice to existing debates on judicial reasoning. [Subject: International Law, Criminal Law, Human Rights Law]

Publication Date: 3/4/2015
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9789462900349

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