Mistake of Law

Excusing Perpetrators of International Crimes

Authors: van Verseveld, Annemieke

  • Demonstrates that the defense of 'mistake of law' concerns one of the most fundamental principles of criminal law, i.e. 'no punishment without guilt'
  • Contributes to the development of a more systematic approach toward the structure of international offences
  • Contains a comparative law analysis of four major legal systems in the world and an analysis of (inter)national case law concerning the defense of mistake of law and superior orders
  • Academic research, crisp and clear, which makes the book a helpful tool for practitioners in the field of International Criminal Law
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When a perpetrator of an international crime argues in his defence that he did not realise that he had violated the law, is this a reason not to punish him? International crimes constitute serious offences and it could be argued that he who commits such an offence must know his act is punishable. After all, everyone is presumed to know the law. However, convicting someone who is mistaken about the wrongfulness of his act may be in violation of the principle ‘no punishment without guilt’. This book investigates when 'mistake of law' should be a reason to exculpate the perpetrator of an international crime. It demonstrates that the issue of 'mistake of law' goes to the heart of individual criminal responsibility and therewith contributes to the development of a more systematic approach toward the structure of international offences. Valuable for academics and practitioners in the field of International Criminal Law.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Verseveld, Annemieke

    Pages 1-7

  • The Theory of Mistake of Law in National Criminal Law Systems

    Verseveld, Annemieke

    Pages 9-62

  • Comparing the National Approaches: Theorising About the Issue

    Verseveld, Annemieke

    Pages 63-79

  • The Theory of Mistake of Law in International Criminal Law

    Verseveld, Annemieke

    Pages 81-100

  • Applying the Theory of Mistake of Law: An Analysis of (Inter)national Case Law

    Verseveld, Annemieke

    Pages 101-132

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eBook $99.00
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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price for USA
  • ISBN 978-90-6704-965-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mistake of Law
Book Subtitle
Excusing Perpetrators of International Crimes
Authors
Copyright
2012
Publisher
T.M.C. Asser Press
Copyright Holder
T.M.C. ASSER PRESS, The Hague, The Netherlands, and the author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-90-6704-867-5
DOI
10.1007/978-90-6704-867-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-6704-866-8
Softcover ISBN
978-90-6704-965-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 182
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