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Why Punish Perpetrators of Mass Atrocities?: Purposes of Punishment in International Criminal Law

Florian Jessberger (Universitat Hamburg) Julia Geneuss (Universitat Hamburg)



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Cambridge University Press
20 February 2020
Jurisprudence & general issues; International criminal law; Criminal law & procedure
This edited volume provides, for the first time, a comprehensive account of theoretical approaches to international punishment. Its main objective is to contribute to the development of a consistent and robust theory of international criminal punishment. For this purpose, the authors - renowned scholars in the fields of criminal law, international criminal law, and philosophy of law, as well as practitioners working at different international criminal courts and tribunals - address the question of meaning and purpose of punishment in international law from various perspectives. The volume fleshes out the predominant dimensions of a theory of international punishment and highlights the differences between 'ordinary' (domestic) crime and international crimes and their respective enforcement. At the same time, throughout the volume a major focus is on the practical consequences of the different theoretical approaches, in particular for the activities of the International Criminal Court.
Edited by:   Florian Jessberger (Universitat Hamburg), Julia Geneuss (Universitat Hamburg)
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 158mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   690g
ISBN:   9781108475143
ISBN 10:   1108475140
Series:   ASIL Studies in International Legal Theory
Pages:   408
Publication Date:   20 February 2020
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
1. Introduction: the need for a robust and consistent theory of international punishment Florian Jessberger and Julia Geneuss; 2. The practical importance of theories of punishment in international criminal law Silvia Fernandez De Gurmendi; Part I. Setting the Framework - Criminological, Historical and Domestic Perspectives: 3. Criminology of international crimes Frank Neubacher; 4. Punishment rationales in international criminal jurisprudence - two readings of a non-question Sergey Vasiliev; 5. Punishment and the domestic analogy - why it can and cannot work Elies Van Sliedregt; 6. Not much, but better than nothing - purposes of punishment in international criminal law: a comment on the contributions by Frank Neubacher, Segey Vasiliev and Elies van Sliedregt Kai Ambos; 7. The why question in international criminal punishment - framing the landscapes of asking: a comment on the contributions by Frank Neubacher, Segey Vasiliev and Elies van Sliedregt Immi Tallgren; 8. Is international criminal law special?: A comment on the contributions by Frank Neubacher, Segey Vasiliev and Elies van Sliedregt Jochen Bung; Part II. Rationales for Punishment in International Criminal Law - Theoretical Perspectives: 9. 'Can I be brought before the ICC?' - Deterrence of mass atrocities between jus in bello and jus ad bellum Jakob V. H. Holtermann; 10. An Argument for retributivism in international criminal law Mordechai Kremnitzer; 11. Expressive theory of international punishment for international crimes Daniela Demko; 12. We're exhausting ourselves, let's get busy instead a comment on the contributions by Jakob v. H. Holtermann, Mota Kremnitzer and Daniela Demko Mark Drumbl; 13. Positive general prevention and the idea of civic courage in international criminal law Klaus Gunther; 14. The individual and the international community - an outline for a combined meso preventive theory of international punishment Andreas Werkmeister; 15. The right to punishment for international crimes Jens David Ohlin; Part III. Consequences for the Practice of the International Criminal Court: 16. Prosecution strategy at the International Criminal Court in search of a theory Alex Whiting; 17. Selectivity in international criminal law - asymmetrical enforcement as problem for theories of punishment Harmen Van Der Wilt; 18. Theories of punishment in sentencing decisions of the International Criminal Court Gerhard Werle and Aziz Epik; 19. Theories of punishment at the Hague a comment on the contributions by Alex Whiting, Harmen van der Wilt and Gerhard Werle and Aziz Epik Silvia D'ascoli; 20. From punitive to restorative justice - victims participation, reparations and theories of punishment Philipp Ambach; 21. Concluding remarks: dimensions of 'why punish' Florian Jebberger and Julia Geneuss; Select bibliography; Index.

Florian Jessberger is Professor of Law at Universitat Hamburg, where he holds the Chair in Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, International Criminal Law, and Modern Legal History. Before joining Universitat Hamburg in 2010, he was the Lichtenberg Professor of International and Comparative Criminal Law at Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin. He has held various visiting fellowships, inter alia, in Oxford, Ferrara, and Naples, and is a Member of the Board of Editors of the Journal of International Criminal Justice. Julia Geneuss is Assistant Professor of Law at Universitat Hamburg and currently a Feodor Lynen Scholar of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She holds a Dr iur. from Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin and a LL.M. from New York University School of Law. She has been awarded several prizes for her doctoral dissertation on the prosecution of crimes under international law in Germany, in particular under the principle of universal jurisdiction. She is a member of the Editorial Committee of the Journal of International Criminal Justice.

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