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The definitive treatise on international criminal law, M. Cherif Bassiouni’s unique 3- volume collection is now in its third edition. Written by more than 50 outstanding authorities from 19 countries, it covers the entire field, from the theory of what makes a crime "international" to the step-by-step conduct of an international prosecution. Its in-depth coverage includes:

analysis of the doctrinal basis of international criminal law
the historical development of international criminal law and policy
detailed treatment of 16 crimes that have been given international jurisdiction, including torture, genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity
issues of immunity and jurisdiction
judicial assistance
recognition of foreign penal judgments
extradition and transfer of prisoners
taking evidence abroad
seizure of foreign assets
international criminal tribunals procedure
international criminal prosecutions in domestic courts

and a great deal more. Attention is paid throughout the presentation to the complex cultural and regional issues that often arise in this field of practice.

This new third edition has been thoroughly revised, making it the most current and comprehensive treatment available of this major area of international law theory and practice.
Published under the Transnational Publishers imprint. This series has been discontinued. The follow up series is the International Criminal Law Series.
Volume 1 deals with international crimes. It contains several significant contributions on the theoretical and doctrinal aspects of ICL which precede the five chapters addressing some of the major categories of international crimes. The first two chapters address: the sources and subjects of ICL and its substantive contents. The other five chapters address: Chapter 3: The Crime Against Peace and Aggression (The Crime Against Peace and Aggression: From its Origins to the ICC; The Crime of Aggression and the International Criminal Court); Chapter 4: War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity & Genocide (Introduction to International Humanitarian Law; Penal Aspects of International Humanitarian Law; Non-International Armed Conflict and Guerilla Warfare; Mercenarism and Contracted Military Services; Customary International Law and Weapons Control; Genocide; Crimes Against Humanity; Overlaps, Gaps, and Ambiguities in Contemporary International Humanitarian Law, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity); Chapter 5: Crimes Against Fundamental Human Rights (Slavery, Slave-Related Practices, and Trafficking in Persons; Apartheid; International Prohibition of Torture; The Practice of Torture in the United States: September 11, 2001 to Present); Chapter 6: Crimes of Terror-Violence (International Terrorism; Kidnapping and Hostage Taking; Terrorism Financing; Piracy; International Maritime Navigation and Installations on the High Seas; International Civil Aviation); Chapter 7: Crimes Against Social Interest (International Control of Drugs; Challenges in the Development of International Criminal Law: The Negotiations of the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption; Transnational Organized Crime; Corruption of Foreign Public Officials; International Criminal Protection of Cultural Property; Criminalization of Environmental Protection).
Volume 2 addresses jurisdiction and the various mechanisms and modalities of international cooperation in penal matters, which for all practical purposes, apply to both the direct and indirect enforcement methods of ICL. These mechanisms and modalities of international cooperation are used not only in bilateral interstate cooperation in penal matters but they are also employed by international tribunals, including the ICC, in their relations with states. This volume is divided into 5 chapters which are titled as: Chapter 1: Policies and Modalities (Modalities of International Cooperation in Penal Matters; The Duty to Prosecute and/or Extradite: Aut Dedere Aut Judicare; Globalization of International Enforcement Mechanisms: The Problem of Legitimacy; Globalization of Law Enforcement and Intelligence Gathering and Sharing); Chapter 2: Jurisdiction (Extraterritorial Jurisdiction; Universal Jurisdiction; Competing and Overlapping Jurisdictions; Immunities and Exceptions; The European Union and the Schengen Agreement); Chapter 3: Extradition (Law and Practice in the United States; The European Approach; Commentary on the United Nations Draft Model Law on Extradition); Chapter 4:Judicial Assistance and Mutual Cooperation in Penal Matters (United States Treaties on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters; Commentary on the United Nations Draft Model Law on Mutual Legal Assistance; Inter-State Cooperation in Penal Matters in the Commonwealth; The Council of Europe and the European Union; European Perspective on International Cooperation in Matters of Terrorism; Freezing and Seizing of Assets: Controlling Money Laundering); Chapter 5: Recognition of Foreign Penal Judgments, Transfer of Criminal Proceedings, and Execution of Foreign Penal Sentences (Introduction to Recognition of Foreign Penal Judgments; Introduction to Transfer of Criminal Proceedings; Transfer of Criminal Proceedings: The European System; The Lockerbie Model of Transfer of Proceedings; International Perspective on Transfer of Prisoners and Execution of Foreign Penal Judgments; United States Policies and Practices on the Execution of Foreign Penal Sentences).
Volume 3 addresses the direct enforcement system, namely international criminal tribunals, how they came about and how they functioned, tracing that history from the end of WWI to the ICC, including the post-WWII experiences. They address the IMT, IMTFE, ICTY, ICTR, the mixed model tribunals and the ICC. It also contains a chapter which addresses some of the problems of the direct enforcement system, namely the general, procedural, evidentiary, and sanctions parts of ICL, which is largely made of what is contained in the statutes of the tribunals mentioned above as well as the jurisprudence of the established tribunals. In addition this volume addresses national experiences with the enforcement of certain international crimes. It is divided into 4 chapters which are titled as: Chapter 1: History of International Investigations and Prosecutions (International Criminal Accountability; International Criminal Justice in Historical Perspective); Chapter 2: International Criminal Tribunals and Mixed Model Tribunals (The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia; The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda; The Making of the International Criminal Court; Mixed Models of International Criminal Justice; Special Court for Sierra Leone; Special Tribunal for Cambodia; East Timor); Chapter 3: National Prosecutions for International Crimes (National Prosecutions for International Crimes; National Prosecutions of International Crimes: A Historical Overview; The French Experience; The Belgian Experience; The Dutch Experience; Indonesia; The U.S. War Crimes Act of 1996; Enforcing ICL Violations with Civil Remedies: The Case of the U.S. Alien Tort Claims Act); Chapter 4: Contemporary Issues in International Criminal Law Doctrine and Practice (Command Responsibility; Joint Criminal Enterprise; The Responsibility of Peacekeepers; The General Part: Judicial Developments; Ne bis in idem; Plea Bargains; Issues Pertaining to the Evidentiary Part of International Criminal Law; Penalties and Sentencing; Penalties: From Leipzig to Arusha; Victims’ Rights in International Law).
The increase of crime at the national, transnational, and international levels has heightened concern in the international community and generated greater interest in international criminal justice policy. Since the 1950s, the United Nations has been developing the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme, which was designed to respond to these concerns. But United Nations resources and support for the programme have been limited, notwithstanding the services and contributions of the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Branch.
As the United Nations celebrates its Fiftieth Anniversary, it is fitting to have a book that describes the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme. The information it contains highlights the significant contributions of a number of organizations, whose work may not be sufficiently known outside the circles of scholars, experts, and professionals in the field of international criminal justice. The book is thus also a deserving tribute to these organizations, giving greater publicity to what they have contributed over the years with scant United Nations recognition. Without these organizations and the active NGOs, the United Nations would hardly have leave to claim part of what is now an important, though still insufficient, contribution to international criminal justice.
An extensive body of law designed to control international terror violence has come into being, and it is this assembly of reports and resolutions, conventions and scattered treaty provisions that we must rely on as we move toward an enforceable, unambiguous anti-“terrorism” regime in international law. Multilateral Conventions includes all relevant conventions adopted since the League of Nations Convention of 1937; it also includes pertinent international conventions of the Organization of African Unity, the League of Arab States, the Council of Europe, the Organization of American States, and the South Asian Regional Convention, as well as relevant provisions from other international conventions (governing, postal traffic, or weapons control).
An introductory article by the editor provides a forward-looking view of the evolving challenges in combating the ever-changing manifestations of terror violence.



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A total of 84 documents are reproduced here including arms control agreements, regional peace and security agreements, and forces reduction agreements, as well as 34 instruments controlling particular weapons. In addition, explanatory charts help the researcher to locate instruments according to specific criteria such as penal characteristics, applicability (war and peace), and extent of ratification.

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Thirty scholars and experts discuss and provide wide-ranging views on a variety of accountability measures: the establishment of ad hoc criminal tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda; truth commissions in South Africa and El Salvador; and lustration laws for the former Czechoslovakia and Germany after its reunification.
Also discussed are amnesty for previous crimes and accountability, post-conflict justice involving issues pertaining to the restoration of law and order, and the rebuilding of failed national justice systems.

In addition, the book also contains an important set of guidelines designed to achieve accountability and eliminate impunity. The guidelines with commentaries have been prepared by a distinguished group of experts, many of whom have also contributed articles to this volume.

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