The Global Prosecution of Core Crimes under International Law

  • Christopher Soler

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. The Characterisation and Prosecution of Core Crimes: Some Underlying Assumptions

  4. The Vertical System of Enforcement

  5. The Horizontal System of Enforcement

  6. Conclusion

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 619-695

About this book


This book deals with the prosecution of core crimes and constitutes the first comprehensive analysis of the horizontal and vertical systems of enforcement of international criminal law and of their inter-relationship. It provides a global jurisprudential exposition in assessing the grounds for refusal of surrender to the International Criminal Court and of extradition to another State. It also offers insights into legal perspectives which improve the prevailing enforcement regimes of various models of criminal justice, including hybrid criminal tribunals, special criminal courts, judicial panels and partnerships, and other budding sui generis judicial and/or prosecutorial institutions. 

The book espouses a human rights law-oriented critique to the enforcement of domestic, regional and international criminal justice and is aimed at legal practitioners (prosecutors, defence lawyers, magistrates and judges), jurists, criminal justice experts, penologists, legal researchers, human rights activists and law students.

Christopher Soler lectures Maltese criminal law, international criminal law and public international law at the University of Malta. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands.


Prosecution of serious crimes Obligation to extradite or prosecute Aut dedere aut judicare Duty to prosecute Grounds for refusal of extradition Fundamental human rights Surrender to the ICC ICC law on State cooperation International criminal justice Hybrid criminal tribunals

Authors and affiliations

  • Christopher Soler
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of LawsUniversity of MaltaVallettaMalta

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information T.M.C. Asser Press and the author 2019
  • Publisher Name T.M.C. Asser Press, The Hague
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-94-6265-334-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6265-335-1
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