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The Crime of Aggression under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court


Part of Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law

  • Date Published: April 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107011090

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  • This guide to the crime of aggression provisions under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) offers an exhaustive and sophisticated legal analysis of the crime's definition, as well as the jurisdictional provisions governing the ICC's exercise of jurisdiction over the crime. A range of practical issues likely to arise in prosecutions of the crime of aggression before the ICC are canvassed, as is the issue of the domestic prosecution of the crime. It also offers an insight into the geopolitical significance of the crime of aggression and the activation of the ICC's ability to exercise its jurisdiction over the crime. The author's intimate involvement in the crime's negotiations, combined with extensive scholarly reflection on the criminalisation of inter-State uses of armed force, makes this highly relevant to all academics and practitioners interested in the crime of aggression.

    • Critical analysis of the amendments goes beyond a description of the operation of the new amendments to consider them with a view to ensuring such criticisms are taken into account in the interpretation and application of the provisions
    • Identifies a range of practical issues that will arise in prosecutions of the crime of aggression, opening a discussion on important practical matters that have to date not been discussed by Court actors or State parties
    • Explains the political context in which the crime of aggression was adopted and offers a firsthand insight into the negotiation process
    • Will help international criminal lawyers understand the thinking behind, and the significance of, the new crime of aggression provisions
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    '… a good and useful book that deserves to be widely studied and read … [this] is the most exhaustively researched, in-depth and thorough analysis of the aggression amendments to have been published to date and is an essential resource for practitioners, scholars and students of international criminal law.' Victor Kattan, Journal of Conflict and Security Law

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107011090
    • length: 411 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 155 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.72kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The crime of aggression under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court: an introduction
    2. Criminalising aggression
    3. An act of aggression: by any other name
    4. The elevation of acts of aggression to the state act element of the crime of aggression
    5. The individual conduct elements of the crime
    6. The Court's jurisdiction over the crime of aggression
    7. 2017 and beyond.

  • Author

    Carrie McDougall, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia
    Carrie McDougall is a legal specialist in the International Law Section of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, where she advises on various topics including international criminal law and the use of force.

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