Cherif Bassiouni is often referred to as "the father of international criminal law." Every major international criminal law instrument developed in the last forty years, from the Torture Convention to the Statute of the International Criminal Court, bears his hallmark.
His writings, diplomatic initiatives, fieldwork, and even litigation have made an unparalleled contribution to the emergence of international
criminal law as a distinct discipline within the field of international law.
This book contains a collection of fifteen scholarly essays, written by leading experts from around the world, about the theory and practice of
modern international criminal law, with a focus on
Cherif Bassiouni's unique legacy within this important area.
Among the contributing authors are
Louise Arbour, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights;
Mahnoush Arsanjani, Chief of the UN Office of Legal Affairs Codification Division;
Diane Orentlicher, UN Independent Expert on Combating Impunity;
Michael Reisman, former President of the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights;
Yves Sandoz, Director for International Law of the International Committee of the Red Cross;
William Schabas, Member of the Sierra Leone Truth Commission;
Brigitte Stern, Advocate for the Bosnians in the World Court's Genocide case; and
Prince Hassan bin Talal, first President of the Assembly of States
Parties of the International Criminal Court.
Foreword: Taking Aim at the Sky
Leila Nadya Sadat and Michael P. Scharf; Dedications
Louise Arbour, El Hassan bin Talal, Glen Weissenberger, and Ved P. Nanda;Chapter 1: A Hard Look at the Soft Theory of International Criminal Law
Mark A. Drumbl; Chapter 2: A Modern Perspective on International Criminal Law: Accountability as a Meta-Right
Anja Matwijkiw and Bronik Matwijkiw; Chapter 3: Depoliticizing Individual Criminal Responsibility
Bartram S. Brown; Chapter 4: Universal Jurisdiction: A Pragmatic Strategy in Pursuit of a Moralist’s Vision
Diane F. Orentlicher; Chapter 5: Acting Out Against Terrorism, Torture, and Other Atrocious Crimes: Contemplating Morality, Law, and History
Christopher L. Blakesley; Chapter 6: Terrorizing the Terrorists: An Essay on the Permissibility of Torture
Christopher C. Joyner; Chapter 7: Secret Detentions, Secret Renditions, and Forced Disappearances During the Bush Administration’s “War” on Terror
Jordan J. Paust;Chapter 8: Cherif Bassiouni and the 780 Commission: The Gateway to the Era of Accountability
Michael P. Scharf; Chapter 9: Sexual Violence as Genocide: The Important Role Played by the Bassiouni Commission in the Recent Development of International Criminal Law
Brigitte Stern and Isabell Fouchard; Chapter 10: The International Criminal Court and the Transformation of International Law
Leila Nadya Sadat; Chapter 11: The International Criminal Court and the Congo: From Theory to Reality
Mahnoush H. Arsanjani and W. Michael Reisman; Chapter 12: Crimes against Humanity: The State Plan or Policy Element
William A. Schabas; Chapter 13: “The Only Thing Left Is Justice” Cherif Bassiouni, Saddam Hussein, and the Quest for Impartiality in International Criminal Law
Diane Marie Amann; Chapter 14: Using International Human Rights Law to Better Protect Victims of Trafficking: The Prohibitions on Slavery, Servitude, Forced Labor, and Debt Bondage
Anne Gallagher; Chapter 15: Cherif Bassiouni, the ICRC, and International Humanitarian Law
Yves Sandoz; Index.