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International Justice and the International Criminal CourtBetween Sovereignty and the Rule of Law$
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Bruce Broomhall

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199274246

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274246.001.0001

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(p.9) I Scope
International Justice and the International Criminal Court

Bruce Broomhall

Oxford University Press

This chapter defines the scope of international criminal law. It outlines the limits of three potential definitions of ‘international criminal law’ (inter-state criminal law, suppression conventions, and ‘international crimes of state’), and highlights the special character of the fourth (the core ‘Nuremberg’) doctrines. It shows that the link between the ‘core crimes’ and the fundamental interests of international order is one of the source of the very problems that has beset efforts to put this area of law into practice.

Keywords:   inter-state criminal law, suppression conventions, international crimes of state, Nuremberg doctrines, international law

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