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The Crime of Aggression: A Commentary

Edited by: Claus Kress, Stefan Barriga

ISBN13: 9781107015265
Published: November 2016
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback, 2 Volumes
Price: £225.00

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The 2010 Kampala Amendments to the Rome Statute empowered the International Criminal Court to prosecute the 'supreme crime' under international law: the crime of aggression.

This landmark commentary provides the first analysis of the history, theory, legal interpretation and future of the crime of aggression. As well as explaining the positions of the main actors in the negotiations, the authoritative team of leading scholars and practitioners set out exactly how countries have themselves criminalized illegal war-making in domestic law and practice.

In light of the anticipated activation of the Court's jurisdiction over this crime in 2017, this book offers a comprehensive legal analysis of how to understand the material and mental elements of the crime of aggression as defined at Kampala.

Alongside The Travaux Preparatoires of the Crime of Aggression (Cambridge, 2011), this commentary provides the definitive resource for anyone concerned with the illegal use of force.

International Criminal Law
Volume 1:
Introduction: the crime of aggression and the international legal order Claus Kress

Part I. History:
1. World War I, Wilhelm II and Article 227: the origin of the idea of 'aggression' in international criminal law Kirsten Sellars
2. The crimes against peace precedent Carrie McDougall
3. The legacy of the Tokyo dissents on 'crimes against peace' Kirsten Sellars
4. The General Assembly's definition of the act of aggression Thomas Bruha
5. The practice of the Security Council regarding the concept of aggression Nicolaos Strapatsas
6. The International Court of Justice and the concept of aggression Dapo Akande and Antonios Tzanakopoulos
7. The International Law Commission's work on aggression James Crawford
8. Negotiations on the Rome Statute (1995-1998) Roger S. Clark

Part II. Theory:
9. Just war theory and the crime of aggression Larry May
10. The modern doctrinal debate on the crime of aggression Florian Jessberger
11. The specificity of the crime of aggression Astrid Reisinger Coracini and Pal Wrange
12. Aggression and international human rights law William Schabas

Part III. Crime of Aggression under Current International Law:
13. Interpreting the crime of aggression Leena Grover
14. The state conduct element Claus Kress
15. Individual conduct Roger S. Clark
16. General principles of international criminal law Roger S. Clark
17. Entry into force and conditions for the exercise of jurisdiction: cross-cutting issues Stefan Barriga and Niels Blokker
18. Conditions for the exercise of jurisdiction based on Security Council referrals Niels Blokker and Stefan Barriga
19. Conditions for the exercise of jurisdiction based on state referrals and proprio motu investigations Stefan Barriga and Niels Blokker
20. Immunities Helmut Kreicker
21. The crime of aggression, domestic prosecutions and complementarity Pal Wrange
22. The judicial function of the pre-trial division Eleni Chaitidou, Franziska Eckelmans and Barbara Roche
23. Victims of the crime of aggression Erin Pobjie

Part IV. Crime of Aggression and National Law:
24. Croatia Ksenija Turkovic and Maja Munivrana Vajda
25. Germany Elisa Hoven
26. Estonia Andres Parmas
27. Russia Svetlana Glotova
28. United Kingdom Roger O'Keefe.

Volume 2:

29. The Arab world Mohamed M. El Zeidy
30. Asia Nina H. B. Jorgensen
31. (Extended) synopsis: the crime of aggression under domestic criminal law Astrid Reisinger Coracini
32. Selected national laws and regional instruments on the crime of aggression Astrid Reisinger Coracini

Part V. Crime of Aggression and the Future World Order:
Section 1. Actors' Views:
33. Brazil Marcel Biato and Marcelo Bohlke
34. China Zhou Lulu
35. France Edwige Belliard
36. Germany Susanne Wasum-Rainer
37. India Narinder Singh
38. Iran Djamchid Momtaz and Esmaeil Baghaei Hamaneh
39. Israel Roy Schondorf and Daniel Geron
40. Japan Ichiro Komatsu
41. Republic of Korea (South Korea) Young Sok Kim
42. Norway Rolf Einar Fife
43. Russia Gennady Kuzmin and Igor Panin
44. South Africa Andre Stemmet
45. United Kingdom Christopher Whomersley
46. United States Harold Hongju Koh and Todd F. Buchwald
47. Egypt Namira Negm
48. Civil society Noah Weisbord

Section 2. Scholarly Reflections:
49. 'A trap to the innocent ...' Martti Koskenniemi
50. Unjust war and the crime of aggression Jeff McMahan
51. What is the specific evil of aggression? Frederic Megret
52. The crime of bootstrapping Jens David Ohlin
53. Amending the crime of aggression under the Rome Statute David Scheffer

Epilogue: the long journey to Kampala - a personal memoir Benjamin B. Ferencz.