International Criminal Justice


International Criminal Justice

9781785360626 Edward Elgar Publishing
Gideon Boas, Barrister at the Victorian Bar and Adjunct Professor of Law and Pascale Chifflet, Lecturer, La Trobe Law School, La Trobe University, Australia
Publication Date: 2017 ISBN: 978 1 78536 062 6 Extent: 264 pp
This book explores crucial themes in international criminal justice. It starts by answering the searching question: what is international criminal justice? The book then considers the role and impact of politics, history, psychology, terrorism, transitioning society, and even the idea of hope, and the relationship of these themes with how we understand international criminal justice. While addressing some crucial legal questions, International Criminal Justice goes further, drawing on a range of multi-disciplinary thinking.

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What is international criminal justice? The authors of this book set out a framework for understanding international criminal justice in all its facets. Considering both definition and content, the authors argue for its treatment as a holistic field of study, rather than a by-product of international criminal law.

Adopting a multidisciplinary approach, this book draws on a range of legal and extra-legal disciplines. Whilst addressing crucial legal questions throughout, it also considers the role and impact of politics, history, psychology, terrorism, transitioning society, and even the idea of hope in how we understand international criminal justice. Challenging many of the prevalent paradigms of thinking in this area, Gideon Boas and Pascale Chifflet explore whether it is possible to reconcile some of the enduring intellectual conflict, such as whether and how retributive and restorative approaches to justice can co-exist.

Written by leading academics who themselves are also practitioners in the field, this unique work performs a significant role in defining and explaining international criminal justice, and as such will be important reading for scholars and practitioners, as well as providing an entry point for students in a classroom environment.
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‘This exceptional book explores the emerging discipline of international criminal justice from new and important perspectives. Its thematic approach lends a deeper understanding not just of the legal frameworks and challenges, but also of the many disciplines that inform and make up this growing field. Written by two distinguished practitioners and scholars of international criminal justice, this book offers readers vital insight into the successes, failures and challenges that confront the response by states and the international community to mass atrocity today.’
– Michael P. Scharf, Case Western Reserve University, School of Law, US

‘A great introduction to the subject, rich with scholarly analysis including an essential historical perspective on the origins of international criminal justice, but at the same time sparkling with the unique insights of practitioners.’
– William A. Schabas, Middlesex University London, UK
Contents: 1. What is International Criminal Justice? 2. International Criminal Justice and History 3. International Criminal Justice and Politics 4. International Criminal Justice and Psychology 5. International Criminal Justice and Responses to Terrorism 6. International Criminal Justice and Transitioning Societies 7. International Criminal Justice and Hope – Some Concluding Remarks Index
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