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International Criminal Law

Douglas Guilfoyle

17 March 2016

ISBN: 9780198728962

472 pages

In Stock

Price: £49.99

The only student-focused guide to international criminal law from an outstanding scholar and teacher.



Written by an outstanding scholar and teacher, this book clearly sets out the international criminal law framework. Features throughout the text are used to equip readers with the tools to consider and assess the current status of the law and encourage critical analysis of the latest debates affecting the subject area.

  • Written by an outstanding scholar and teacher, this book provides the only student-focused guide to international criminal law
  • With teaching and learning at its heart, this text adopts a user-friendly writing style and follows a structure aligned with international criminal law courses
  • 'Pause for reflection' and 'Counterpoint' boxes encourage students to consider and assess the law as it stands, and engage with the current debates
  • Examples frame the law within its practical and historical context, allowing students to gain an understanding of how the law operates in practice
  • Annotated further reading lists indicate where students should turn to undertake further research
  • Learning outcomes and summaries open and close each chapter, further supporting student learning

About the Author(s)

Douglas Guilfoyle, Associate Professor of Law, Monash University

Dr Douglas Guilfoyle is an Associate Professor at Monash University. Previously, he was Reader in International Law at University College London. He has acted as a consultant to government and international bodies, including serving as a special advisor to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee inquiry into Somali piracy and assisting the legal issues working group of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia. In 2012, the quality of his teaching was recognized when he was shortlisted for the UK Law Teacher of the Year Award and received a UCL Provost's Teaching Award.

Table of Contents

    Part I Foundations
    1:The sources of international criminal law
    2:Principles of State jurisdiction
    Part II Prosecuting International Crimes
    3:The prosecution of international crimes: The role of international and national courts and tribunals
    4:Jurisdiction and structure of international criminal courts and tribunals
    5:Investigations, prosecutions, evidence, and procedure
    6:Fair trial rights, appeals, revision and enforcement of sentences
    Part III The Core International Crimes
    7:The elements of international crimes
    8:War crimes
    9:Crimes against humanity
    Part IV Defendants in International Criminal Trials
    12:Modes of participation in crimes and concurrence of crimes
    13:Defences or grounds for excluding criminal responsibility
    14:Jurisdictional immunities


Admirably user-friendly, which significantly distinguishes it from other international criminal law textbooks ... The author is an excellent scholar who is widely respected in the field. - Professor Kevin Jon Heller, School of Law, SOAS, University of London

Provide[s] exceptionally clear overviews of all of the primary issues in ICL without sacrificing intellectual rigour ... uniformly helpful. - Opinio Juris

International Criminal Law is well-written, well-structured, and provides the reader with a comprehensive and thorough understanding of a complex, difficult subject. This book is to be highly recommended not only for students but also for more experienced readers seeking a big picture view of international criminal law. - Dr Henning Bang Fuglsang Madsen Sørensen, Assistant Professor, Department of Law, University of Southern Denmark

Additional Resources

This book is accompanied by a free Online Resource Centre hosting links to key international law documents, additional material on the victims of crime, and updates on important developments within the subject area.

For further insight into international criminal law, visit Douglas Guilfoyle on Twitter at @djag2.

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