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Interpreting Crimes in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court


Claus Kreß
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  • Date Published: October 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107067721

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  • The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court defines more than ninety crimes that fall within the Court's jurisdiction: genocide, other crimes against humanity, war crimes and aggression. How these crimes are interpreted contributes to findings of individual criminal liability, and moreover affects the perceived legitimacy of the Court. And yet, to date, there is no agreed-upon approach to interpreting these definitions. This book offers practitioners and scholars a guiding principle, arguments and aids necessary for the interpretation of international crimes. Leena Grover surveys the jurisprudence of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda before presenting a model of interpretive reasoning that integrates the guidance within the Rome Statute into articles 31-33 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (1969).

    • Offers a method for thinking through more than a dozen types of interpretative problems which arise for the crimes defined in the Rome Statute
    • Proposes a primary interpretative principle for crimes in the Rome Statute, considering both the arguments for and against it
    • Offers in-depth analysis of the Rome Statute's relationship to customary international law
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    • Date Published: October 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107067721
    • length: 474 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.8kg
    • contains: 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Claus Kreß
    1. Introduction
    2. The state of the art
    Annex: aids to interpretation
    3. Guiding interpretive principle
    4. Challenges to the principle of legality
    5. Operationalizing the principle of legality
    6. Custom as an aid to interpretation
    7. Internal indicia of codification
    8. External indicia of codification
    9. The Vienna Convention (1969) and aids to interpretation
    10. Conclusions.

  • Author

    Leena Grover, Universität Zürich
    Leena Grover is a Habilitation Candidate in the Faculty of Law at the University of Zurich. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and has worked for a number of adjudicatory bodies including the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and International Criminal Court.


    Claus Kreß

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