As shown by the trials of Slobodan Milosevic, Charles Taylor and Saddam Hussein, the large-scale and systematic commission of international crimes is usually planned and set in motion by senior political and military leaders. Nevertheless, the application of traditional forms of criminal liability leads to the conclusion that they are mere accessories to such crimes. This does not reflect their central role and often results in a punishment which is inappropriately low in view of the impact of their actions and omissions. For these reasons, international criminal law has placed special emphasis on the development of concepts, such as control of the crime and joint criminal enterprise (also known as the common purpose doctrine), which aim at reflecting better the central role played by senior political and military leaders in campaigns of large scale and systematic commission of international crimes. The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and the case law of the ICTY and the ICTR have, in recent years, played a unique role in the achievement of this goal.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 396
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 31 mm
Hector Olasolo's book is indispensible to anyone interested in bringing top leaders, political or military, to account for their complicity in crimes. A.G. Noorani Frontline September 2009 The book offers a clear, comprehensive and structured overview concerning the criminal responsibility of senior political and military leaders and gives a sound answer to the core questions linked to the attribution or imputation of crimes. The value of this book, based on a profound knowledge of international criminal law and different national criminal systems, is the combination of theoretical considerations and a great number of concrete examples that can support scholars and practitioners in deepening their understanding of the issue. Probably, it will be a milestone in the study of the criminal responsibility of senior political and military leaders in the performance of international crimes. Cinzia Fuggetti Military Law and the Law of War Review Volume 48 (2009) Olasolo in his meticulously researched book provides an expansive overview of the prosecution of senior military and political leaders. ...where possible the author attempts to provide practical examples to facilitate the reader's understanding of this complex area of the law. The author provides what appears to be a complete overview of the topic by critiquing the traditional concepts used to hold senior military and political leaders criminally liable in international criminal law...the book however, is not simply a summary of international criminal law, the author strongly supports his positions which differ from other distinguished writers and findings from the jurisprudence he canvases. Overall this book is insightful, well researched and highly detailed...Practitioners will find this useful because not only does it canvass and summarize the development of criminal liability of senior officials, but the author also provides a critical analysis of the jurisprudence as well as suggestions for the future of international law. ...a valuable source of information for anyone studying or with a background in international criminal law. Ashley Lone Saskatchewan Law Review Volume 73, 2010 This detailed and authoritative examination of the complex and controversial subject of legal liability for collective criminal behaviour in international criminal law is a timely and significant addition to the current scholarly debate. Amrita Mukherjee The Howard Law Journal Volume 49, Number 4, September 2010