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The Concept of Mens Rea in International Criminal Law: The Case for a Unified Approach (eBook)

ISBN13: 9781782250661
Published: January 2013
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
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The purpose of this book is to find a unified approach to the doctrine of mens rea in the sphere of international criminal law, based on an in-depth comparative analysis of different legal systems and the jurisprudence of international criminal tribunals since Nuremberg.

Part I examines the concept of mens rea in common and continental legal systems, as well as its counterpart in Islamic Sharia' law.Part II looks at the jurisprudence of the post WWII trials and the work of the International Law Commission.

A separate chapter then attempts to define the concept of genocidal intent in light of the travaux préparatoires of the 1948 Genocide Convention and scholarly opinions and further chapters are devoted to a discussion of the boundaries of mens rea in the jurisprudence of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

The final chapter examines the definition of the mental element as provided for in Article 30 of the Statute of the International Criminal Court in light of the recent decisions delivered by the International Criminal Court.

International Criminal Law, eBooks
Foreword William A Schabas
1. Introduction
2. From Vengeance to Mens Rea to Mentes Reae
3. Mens Rea in the Common Law of England and Wales, Australia and Canada
4. Mens Rea in the American Law Institute's Model Penal Code
5. Mens Rea in German and French Criminal Law
6. Mens Rea in Chinese and Russian Criminal Law
7. Mens Rea in Islamic Criminal Law
8. Mens Rea in post-World War II Trials, the Travaux Preparatoire of the Genocide Convention and the Work of the International Law Commission
9. Mens Rea of Crimes in the Jurisprudence of the the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda
10. The Mens Rea of Perpetration and Participation in the Jurisprudence of the ICTY and ICTR
11. Mens Rea in the Jurisprudence of the International Criminal Court
12. General Conclusions and Recommendations

Series: Studies in International and Comparative Criminal Law

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