International Criminal Law
In the past two decades, few legal subjects have grown in importance more rapidly or dramatically than international criminal law, which we define as crimes proscribed by international law, whether or not they are also criminalized in states’ domestic laws, and which are often prosecuted in international or hybrid international-national tribunals. Similarly, globalization and the rise of cross-border crime have expanded the importance of applying domestic criminal law extraterritorially. We call this transnational criminal law.
This book aims to cover the central features of both international and transnational criminal law. In covering these subjects, the text includes extensive analysis of treaty crimes, which consist of activity declared criminal by multilateral agreements that the treaties’ states parties undertake to enforce through their domestic criminal processes. Although the book is designed primarily for U.S. classrooms, it focuses as well on non-U.S. precedents and law. We apply an international, transnational, and comparative focus not only to substantive crimes but also to procedural issues of importance to this area of practice.
This website is designed to support our casebook by providing underlying source materials, case studies, and other items that will be of interest to those engaged in these disciplines. Additionally, nearly every week brings new developments in international and transnational criminal law and new opportunities for comparative learning. We will endeavor here to keep the casebook current through postings in the updates section.