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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.