The Emerging Practice of the International Criminal Court


The International Criminal Court is at a crossroads. In 1998, the Court was still a fiction. A decade later, it has become operational and faces its first challenges as a judicial institution. This volume examines this transition. It analyses the first jurisprudence and policies of the Court. It provides a systematic survey of the emerging law and practice in four main areas: the relationship of the Court to domestic jurisdictions, prosecutorial policy and practice, the treatment of the Court’s applicable law and the shaping of its procedure. It revisits major themes, such as jurisdiction, complementarity, cooperation, prosecutorial discretion, modes of liability, pre-trial, trial and appeals procedure and the treatment of victims and witnesses, as well as their criticisms. It also explores some of challenges and potential avenues for future reform.

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Carsten Stahn is Programme Director of the Grotius Centre of International Legal Studies, Associate Professor of International Criminal Law at Leiden University and former Legal Officer at the ICC.

Göran Sluiter is Professor of Law (International Criminal Procedure) at the University of Amsterdam and a judge at the district courts of Utrecht and The Hague.
"This useful for all practitioners, academics and students of international criminal law who are interested in
gaining in-depth knowledge of the work of the first permanent international criminal court."
Ousman Njikam, Criminal Law Forum (2010) 21:527–543.
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