2010 | 2010, An Introduction to International Criminal Law and Procedure, by R. Cryer, H. Friman, D. Robinson, E. Wilmshurst

This book is intended as an introduction to international criminal law and procedure, and therefore does not attempt to delve into the entirety of the subject in the full detail it deserves.

The book is divided into six parts, part A to F. Part A is introductory. Following a discussion in Chapter 1 of what is meant by international criminal law and of some of its most fundamental principles, Chapter 2 considers the objectives of this body of law.

 Part B is concerned with prosecutions in national, rather than international, courts. Chapter 3 discusses the principles of jurisdiction as they relate to international crimes, Chapter 4 describes some instances of national prosecutions and Chapter 5 concerns extradition, transfer of information and other means by which States cooperate to assist in bringing suspects to justice before national courts.

 Part C, which concerns international prosecutions, begins in Chapter 6 with a history of the trials following the Second World War and Chapters 7 and 8 respectively discuss the ad hoc Tribunals and the International Criminal Court. Chapter 9 describes in brief other courts with an international element which have been established to investigate and prosecute international crimes.

Part D discusses the substantive law of international crimes. Chapters 10 to 13 cover genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and aggression; Chapter 14 introduces the subject of ‘transnational’ crimes, and takes as examples terrorist offences and torture. Chapters 15 and 16 introduce the principles of liability and defences respectively. 

Part E is concerned with the processes of international prosecutions: Chapter 17 focuses on the procedures, Chapter 18 on the role of victims, and Chapter 19 on sentencing.   

Part F considers various aspects of the relationship between the national and international systems: State cooperation with the international courts and tribunals (in Chapter 20) and immunities, in relation to both national and international jurisdictions (in Chapter 21). Amnesties and other alternatives and complements to prosecutions are considered in Chapter 22. The authors end with their conclusions in Chapter 23, which contains their assessment of the development of international criminal law and its institutions and their forecast for the future.