International Criminal Justice Series

Translating Guilt

Identifying Leadership Liability for Mass Atrocity Crimes

Authors: Steer, Cassandra

  • A thorough comparative analysis of key domestic jurisdictions with influence on current developments in international criminal law, including the policy reasons for the differences between them
  • Compares how these analyzed key domestic jurisdictions have been translated to international modes of liability
  • Helps practitioners in making an explicit and justified choice in applying any given mode of liability
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This book seeks to understand how and why we should hold leaders responsible for the collective mass atrocities that are committed in times of conflict. It attempts to untangle the debates on modes of liability in international criminal law (ICL) that have become truly complex over the last twenty years, and to provide a way to identify the most appropriate model for leadership liability. A unique comparative theory of ICL is offered, which clarifies the way in which ICL develops as a patchwork of different domestic criminal law notions. This theory forms the basis for the comparison of some influential domestic criminal law systems, with a view to understanding the policy and cultural reasons for their differences. There is a particular focus on the background of the German law which has influenced the International Criminal Court so much recently. This helps to understand, and seek a solution to, the current impasses in the debates on which model of liability should be applied.

An entire chapter of the book is devoted to considering why leaders should be held responsible for crimes committed by their subordinates, from legal, moral and pragmatic perspectives. The moral responsibility of leaders is translated into criminal liability, and the different domestic models of liability are translated to the international context, in such a way as to appeal to advanced students of ICL, academics, and practitioners who want to understand the complexities of leadership liability in international criminal law today and identify the best way to approach it.

Cassandra Steer is Executive Director of Women in International Security Canada, and Junior Wainwright Fellow at McGill University, Canada. She holds a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • The Problem of Liability in International Criminal Law

    Steer, Cassandra

    Pages 1-6

  • Leadership Liability for Collective Crimes

    Steer, Cassandra

    Pages 9-20

  • Putting the Leaders of Mass Atrocity on Trial

    Steer, Cassandra

    Pages 21-49

  • A Comparative Theory of International Criminal Law

    Steer, Cassandra

    Pages 51-81

  • Applying the Tools

    Steer, Cassandra

    Pages 83-110

Buy this book

eBook $149.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-6265-171-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $189.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-6265-170-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Translating Guilt
Book Subtitle
Identifying Leadership Liability for Mass Atrocity Crimes
Authors
Series Title
International Criminal Justice Series
Series Volume
9
Copyright
2017
Publisher
T.M.C. Asser Press
Copyright Holder
T.M.C. Asser Press and the author
eBook ISBN
978-94-6265-171-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-6265-171-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-6265-170-8
Series ISSN
2352-6718
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 399
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