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A Brief History of International Criminal Law and International Criminal Court

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  • Draws on the history of the International Criminal Court to address the current failings in the justice system
  • Reflects on how crimes committed by the state are viewed and treated around the world
  • Highlights the need for a global approach in addressing international political issues

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This book offers a historical presentation of how international criminal law has evolved from a national setting to embodying a truly international outlook. As a growing part of international law this is an area that has attracted growing attention as a result of the mass atrocities and heinous crimes committed in different parts of the world. Çakmak pays particular attention to how the first permanent international criminal court was created and goes on to show how solutions developed to address international crimes have remained inadequate and failed to restore justice. Calling for a truly global approach as the only real solution to dealing with the most severe international crimes, this text will be of great interest to scholars of criminal justice, political science, and international relations. 

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Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. The Evolution of International Criminal Law: A Historical Overview

  2. Forming the International Criminal Court

  3. The International Criminal Court in World Politics

Authors and Affiliations

  • International Relations, Eskisehir Osmangazi University, Eskisehir, Turkey

    Cenap Çakmak

About the author

Cenap Çakmak is Professor of International Law and Politics at Eskişehir Osmangazi University, Turkey and is currently Visiting Scholar at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute, Sweden. 

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