Indian Journal of International Law

, Volume 58, Issue 3–4, pp 511–516 | Cite as

Claus Kreb and Stefan Barriga (eds.): The crime of aggression: a commentary (volumes I & II)

Cambridge University Press, 2017, roman pages+1583 (Hard back), ISBN 978-1-107-01526-5, Set of 2 hardback volumes
  • V. G. HegdeEmail author
Book Review

The definition of aggression under international law has remained an elusive idea for over a century. Although it is one of the most deliberated concepts within the international community in the backdrop of two world wars, it is devoid of any consensus as regards its content, justification and application. One plausible explanation for this lies in its direct relationship with state conduct. States justify use of force for the preservation of their essential national interests in varied contexts. Aggression, as the term denotes, is linked with use of force or domination in a complex inter-state scenario. Therefore, it took a while for international law to criminalise the act of aggression in a given context. There are several justifications for taking the first step towards initiating an aggressive attack on another entity. Self-defence, for all times, is one such valid justification. For these conflicting justifications put forward by the States the efforts to define the crime of...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Jawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia

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