Bergsmo/LING: State Sovereignty and International Criminal Law,
299 pp., now available.


Dear colleague,

Please be informed that the book ‘State Sovereignty and International Criminal Law’ will be launched in The Hague on 19 November 2012 (in separate Chinese and English editions) by the Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher at a side-event to the annual session of the ICC Assembly of States Parties co-sponsored by Finland and Germany. The book challenges one-sided views that State sovereignty necessarily stands in the way of criminal justice for core international crimes, recognizing that criminal justice for atrocities depends entirely on the ability of States to act. The book focuses on the immunity of State officials from the exercise of foreign or international criminal jurisdiction; the scope of universal jurisdiction for core international crimes; and asks whether the amendments to the ICC Statute on the crime of aggression can exacerbate tensions between the interests of State sovereignty and accountability.

The anthology contains contributions by prominent international lawyers such as Judge Erkki Kourula, Judge LIU Daqun, Ambassador WANG Houli, Dr. ZHOU Lulu, Professor Claus Kreß, Professor MA Chengyuan, Professor JIA Bingbing and Professor ZHU Lijiang. In his foreword, Professor Christian Tomuschat writes that the anthology facilitates “dialogue and co-operation between international lawyers in China and Europe as well as more widely”, one of the objectives of the editors Professors LING Yan (China University of Political Science and Law) and Morten Bergsmo (Peking University Law School). In their chapter, they suggest that the time has come to “consolidate the significant gains in the development of international criminal law since 1993” rather “than further development at the risk of over-extension”. 

Morten Bergsmo and LING Yan (editors):
State Sovereignty and International Criminal Law
Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher
Beijing, 2012
299 pp. (English) and 258 pp. (Chinese)
ISBN 978-82-93081-35-7 (English) and 978-82-93081-58-6 (Chinese)

For more information or free access to the book, please visit
Kind regards,
YI Ping
FICHL Senior Adviser
Assistant Professor, Peking University Law School
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