Victims of International Crimes: An Interdisciplinary Discourse

  • Thorsten Bonacker
  • Christoph Safferling

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Thorsten Bonacker, Christoph Safferling
    Pages 1-14
  3. Victims in International Law

  4. Definition of Victims

  5. Victim Protection and Participation in Criminal Trials

  6. Victims in Transitional Justice Processes

  7. The Role of Civil Society Actors

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 395-399
  9. Victim Protection and Participation in Criminal Trials

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
  10. Definition of Victims

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
  11. Victims in International Law

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15

About this book


In international law victims' issues have gained more and more attention over the last decades. In particular in transitional justice processes the victim is being given high priority. It is to be seen in this context that the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court foresees a rather excessive victim participation concept in criminal prosecution. In this volume issue is taken at first with the definition of victims, and secondly with the role of the victim as a witness and as a participant. Several articles address this matter with a view to the International Criminal Court, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia and the trial against Demjanjuk in Germany. In a third part the interests of the victims outside the criminal trial are being discussed. In the final part the role of civil society actors are being tackled.

This volume for the first time brings together international scholars from international criminal law, political science, peace and conflict studies, anthropology and sociology as well as practitioners to contribute to the understanding of the role victims play in processes dealing with serious human rights violations. It is of special interest to academics and practitioners in the aforementioned fields and to anyone taking the victim’s rights to heart.

Thorsten Bonacker is Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the Center for Conflict Studies at the University of Marburg. Christoph Safferling is Professor for Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, International Criminal Law, and Public International Law at the University of Marburg, as well as Director of the International Research and Documentation Center for War Crimes Trials.


Compensation for victims Human Rights International criminal law Transitional Justice Victim participation

Editors and affiliations

  • Thorsten Bonacker
    • 1
  • Christoph Safferling
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut fur SoziologiePhilips UniversitatMarburgGermany
  2. 2., Institut für KriminalwissenschaftenPhilipps-Universität MarburgMarburgGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information T.M.C. ASSER PRESS, The Hague, The Netherlands, and the authors 2013
  • Publisher Name T.M.C. Asser Press, The Hague, The Netherlands
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-90-6704-911-5
  • Online ISBN 978-90-6704-912-2
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