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Immunity and International Criminal Law

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ISBN13: 9780754624332
ISBN: 0754624331
Published: April 2006
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £98.99



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Two events occurred in 1998 that had far-reaching consequences for international justice: the adoption of the Statute for the International Criminal Court by the Diplomatic Conference of Plenipotentiaries in Rome (the Rome Statute); and the arrest in London of former President Pinochet for crimes against humanity. These events are the culmination for many of attempts to seek legal redress against those who commit international crimes.

This stimulating, ground-breaking book debates the issues raised by international crimes. It highlights the two competing international law needs that must be addressed in this situation: the pursuit of international justice (which international criminal law purports to uphold), and the maintenance of international peace and security - an important rationale for the immunities of state officials abroad.

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Subjects:
International Criminal Law
Contents:
Introduction
The International Criminal Court
International crimes
Individual criminal responsibility
Immunities
High-ranking state officials and crime
The need for balance: the pursuit of international justice versus stable inter-state relations
Conclusion
Appendix
Bibliography
Index.