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Impediments to Exercising Jurisdiction over International Crimes


ISBN13: 9789067043205
Published: January 2010
Publisher: T.M.C. Asser Press
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
Price: £62.99



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The assumption is growing that legal impediments to the exercise of jurisdiction are invalid in the face of the imperative to prosecute international crimes. This analysis of seven principal impediments comparatively analyses each from the perspective of their historical origins, the policy contexts justifying them and the legal arguments used by courts and commentators to either uphold the barrier to prosecution or to reject its application so that prosecution remains unhindered.

The seven impediments are:-

  • (1) Amnesties,
  • (2) Pardons,
  • (3) Statutes of Limitation,
  • (4) Abuse of Process,
  • (5) Immunities,
  • (6) Ne bis in idem (double jeopardy),
  • (7) Male captus bene detentus (wrongly captured, properly detained).
Each chapter contains a theoretical evaluation of each impediment, as well as a discussion of relevant case-law from world-wide domestic and international jurisdictions.

  • Comparatively analyses key impediments to exercising jurisdiction, and allows readers to get an holistic understanding of how various impediments operate on different levels
  • Contains up-to-date case law from domestic and international jurisdictions, and provides a synthesised analysis of wide-ranging research from multiple jurisdictions
  • Provides analytical frameworks for resolving the question of whether courts should exercise jurisdiction, and gives practitioners a legal framework to help resolve future issues relating to impediments to jurisdiction

Subjects:
International Criminal Law
Contents:
1. Introduction; 2. Adjudicatory jurisdiction and international crimes; 3. Amnesties; 4. Pardons; 5. Statutes of Limitation; 6. Abuse of Process; 7. Immunities; 8. The principle of ne bis in idem; 9. The principle of male captus bene detentus; 10. General conclusion.