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'Crimes against Peace' and International Law - Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law (Paperback)
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'Crimes against Peace' and International Law - Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law (Paperback)

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Paperback 340 Pages / Published: 09/07/2015
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In 1946, the judges at the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg declared 'crimes against peace' - the planning, initiation or waging of aggressive wars - to be 'the supreme international crime'. At the time, the prosecuting powers heralded the charge as being a legal milestone, but it later proved to be an anomaly arising from the unique circumstances of the post-war period. This study traces the idea of criminalising aggression, from its origins after the First World War, through its high-water mark at the post-war tribunals at Nuremberg and Tokyo, to its abandonment during the Cold War. Today, a similar charge - the 'crime of aggression' - is being mooted at the International Criminal Court, so the ideas and debates that shaped the original charge of 'crimes against peace' assume new significance and offer valuable insights to lawyers, policy-makers and scholars engaged in international law and international relations.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107542532
Number of pages: 340
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 230 x 152 x 20 mm


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'Sellars does a masterful job. Drawing heavily on period documents, many of them unpublished at the time, she provides a highly readable account of the fits and starts that accompanied the emergence of the notion that individuals may be prosecuted for a war of aggression.' John B. Quigley, International Affairs
'Sellars does an excellent job of highlighting the various controversies and personality clashes that almost scuttled [the] early, and flawed, experiments in international criminal justice. She succeeds in synthesizing a narrative ... in which the pertinent questions of international law ... are placed in the context of great power politics.' Victor Kattan, Journal of International Criminal Justice
'[This] book is more than a history of aggression; the product of comprehensive and in-depth archival research from an enviable range of sources, it is also an excellent general history of the development of international criminal law itself. There are many good books on the road to international criminal law, but if you were to read just one, I would recommend this. Its lucid pungent analysis makes it a pleasure to read.' Neil Boister, Te Piringa Faculty of Law, University of Waikato
'There are many good books on the road to international criminal law, but if you were to read just one, I would recommend this. Its lucid pungent analysis makes it a pleasure to read.' Neil Boister, Edinburgh Law Review
"Sellars does a masterful job. Drawing heavily on period documents, many of them unpublished at the time, she provides a highly readable account of the fits and starts that accompanied the emergence of the notion that individuals may be prosecuted for a war of aggression." John B. Quigley, International Affairs
"Sellars does an excellent job of highlighting the various controversies and personality clashes that almost scuttled [the] early, and flawed, experiments in international criminal justice. She succeeds in synthesizing a narrative ... in which the pertinent questions of international law ... are placed in the context of great power politics." Victor Kattan, Journal of International Criminal Justice
"[This] book is more than a history of aggression; the product of comprehensive and in-depth archival research from an enviable range of sources, it is also an excellent general history of the development of international criminal law itself. There are many good books on the road to international criminal law, but if you were to read just one, I would recommend this. Its lucid pungent analysis makes it a pleasure to read." Neil Boister, Te Piringa Faculty of Law, University of Waikato
"There are many good books on the road to international criminal law, but if you were to read just one, I would recommend this. Its lucid pungent analysis makes it a pleasure to read." Neil Boister, Edinburgh Law Review

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