Book Review: International Criminal Law. A Collection of International and European Instruments Christine van den Wyngaert (ed.) & Guy Stessens and Ignace van Daele

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Monday, January 1, 2001
John Dugard
There can be no doubt that international criminal law has developed more rapidly than any other branch of international law in the past decade. The creation of ad hoc international criminal tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, the rich and controversial judgments of these tribunals, the adoption of the Rome Statute of an International Criminal Court, the House of Lords decision (s) in the Pinochet case and, most recently the application by the Democratic Republic of the Congo before the International Court of Justice to restrain Belgium from issuing an arrest warrant for its Minister of Foreign Affairs on war crimes charges, have ensured that international criminal law has come of age. No more can it be asserted, as Georg Schwarzenberger did in 1950, that there is no such thing as international criminal law…[more]