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Commentaries, Digests, Sourcebooks, & Treatises
Below are some authoritative research tools for better finding & analyzing ICL:
One way nations are redressing ICL violations is via special courts or tribunals, such as the:
Among the best news sources for getting context (i.e., much-needed background) on ICL are:
What is International Criminal Law?
The roots of international criminal law (ICL) go back centuries. But unprecedented atrocities committed by Germany & Japan during World War 2 dramatically expanded the scope & importance of ICL, prompting historic trials held in Nuremberg & Tokyo of top perpetrators. Today, ICL can refer only to a handful of core crimes (e.g., crimes against humanity, genocide, war crimes) created directly by international law & prosecuted by special international courts. It can also include transnational crimes (e.g., cybercrime, drug/human trafficking, terrorism) defined in multilateral treaties but prosecuted in domestic courts instead of international courts. And it can cover both core crimes & transnational crimes as well as other substantive & procedural issues.
George Clooney Eyes Sudanese War Criminals
For help in learning ICL essentials, read:
Over many decades, the Law Library has built a respectable collection of ICL print resources numbering around 1,000 volumes (& growing!)—many not available online. The bulk are shelved on the 5th & 6th floors: call number ranges K5000–5500 & KZ6300–7500, respectively. These include bibliographies, commentaries, digests, sourcebooks, & treatises. Most are in English. Our collection is particularly strong in International Criminal Court (ICC) law. Additional print resources may be shelved on the 3d floor in New Books & Reserve.
For more details, search the Law Library's online catalog & see boxes below.
Scholarly articles on ICL can be found in generalist & specialist journals. Below are some of the latter: