The International Criminal Court

An Introduction

  • Andrew Novak

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 113-116

About this book


This book is about the International Criminal Court (ICC), a new and highly distinctive criminal justice institution with the ability to prosecute the highest-level government officials, including heads of state, even in countries that have not accepted its jurisdiction. The book explores the historical development of international criminal law and the formal legal structure created by the Rome Statute, against the background of the Court’s search for objectivity in a political global environment. The book reviews the operations of the Court in practice and the Court’s position in the power politics of the international system. It discusses and clarifies all stages of an international criminal proceeding from the opening of the investigation to sentencing, reparations, and final appeals in the context of its restorative justice mission. Making appropriate comparisons and contrasts between the international criminal justice system and domestic and national systems, the book fills a gap in international criminal justice study.


Court and the African Union (ICC) Crimes against humanity Criminal sentencing International Criminal Court International Criminal Court International criminal justice International prosecutions Nuremburg and Tokyo trials Politics of the United Nations Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Transitional and post-conflict justice Transitional justice Tribunals in Cambodia and Sierra Leone Tribunals in Timor-Leste and the Balkans UN Security Council War crimes

Authors and affiliations

  • Andrew Novak
    • 1
  1. 1.Criminology, Law, and SocietyGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA

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