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Bergsmo/CHEAH/SONG/YI: ‘Historical Origins of International Criminal Law: Volumes 1 and 2’ (1,525 pp.) and ‘On the Proposed Crimes Against Humanity Convention’ (503 pp.) now available.


  

Dear colleague,
 
We are pleased to announce the publication and launch in New York today 12 December 2014 at 15:00 (UNHQ, Conference Room 6) of three new TOAEP books: ‘Historical Origins of International Criminal Law: Volumes 1 and 2’ (edited by Morten Bergsmo, CHEAH Wui Ling and YI Ping; 1,525 pp.) and ‘On the Proposed Crimes Against Humanity Convention’ (edited by Morten Bergsmo and SONG Tianying; 503 pp.; complete citation details below). The books are available online in the FICHL Publication Series and in print through regular distributors. The launch is a formal side event to the 13th Session of the ICC Assembly of States Parties, co-sponsored by Denmark, Georgia, Germany, Norway, the European Commission, and CILRAP.
 
In the first two anthologies on ‘Historical Origins of International Criminal Law’, 50 authors examine trials, legal instruments and publications that may be said to be building blocks of contemporary international criminal law. The volumes aspire to generate new knowledge, to broaden the common Hinterland to international criminal law, and to vertically consolidate and de-polarise this relatively young discipline of international law. The underlying research project also questions our fundamental assumptions of international criminal law by going beyond the geographical, cultural, and temporal limits set by the traditional narratives of its history.
 
In ‘On the Proposed Crimes Against Humanity Convention’, 16 authors discuss the need for and nature of a convention on crimes against humanity, using the ‘Proposed Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes Against Humanity’ as an important reference point. Authors assess how such a convention may consolidate the definition of crimes against humanity, and develop measures for their prevention and punishment, decades after the conclusion of the 1948 Genocide Convention and 1949 Geneva Conventions. The book underlines the importance of avoiding that the process to develop a new convention waters down the law of crimes against humanity or causes further polarisation between States in the area of international criminal law. It suggests that the scope of the obligation to prevent crimes against humanity will become a decisive question.
 
You find links to 20 reviews in academic journals of earlier TOAEP books here.
 
The 2015 M.C. Bassiouni Justice Award is dedicated to distinguished diplomatic service to international criminal law. Nominations – with reasons – may be addressed to info@cilrap.org before 1 July 2015.
 
Kind regards,
 
Alf Butenschøn Skre
FICHL Executive Adviser
 
 
Morten Bergsmo, CHEAH Wui Ling and YI Ping (editors):
Historical Origins of International Criminal Law: Volume 2
FICHL Publication Series No. 21 (2014)
Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher
Brussels, 2014
805 pp.
ISBN 978-82-93081-13-5
PURL: https://www.legal-tools.org/doc/7c217c/
 
Morten Bergsmo, CHEAH Wui Ling and YI Ping (editors):
Historical Origins of International Criminal Law: Volume 1
FICHL Publication Series No. 20 (2014)
Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher
Brussels, 2014
720 pp.
ISBN 978-82-93081-11-1
PURL: https://www.legal-tools.org/doc/8eb79b/
 
Morten Bergsmo and SONG Tianying (editors):
On the Proposed Crimes Against Humanity Convention
FICHL Publication Series No. 18 (2014)
Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher
Brussels, 2014
503 pp.
ISBN 978-82-93081-96-8
PURL: https://www.legal-tools.org/doc/6dea30/
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