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International and Transnational Criminal Law

International and Transnational Criminal Law

2nd edition

By Robert J Currie and Joseph Rikhof


International criminal law has focused on the prosecution of truly international crimes — genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and aggression. Our post-Cold War, post-9/11 world has also seen the growth of transnational crimes of international concern, such as terrorism, money laundering, organised crime, and human and narcotics trafficking, as well as transnational crimes of domestic concern, which are simply ordinary domestic crimes that involve the jurisdiction of more than one state.

This book surveys these two related but increasingly distinct fields with a focus on Canada, bringing together in one accessible text topics that are of increasing importance in a world of globalised crime. The second edition updates caselaw from Canada as well as international courts and tribunals, transnational criminal law treaties, and recent literature, and adds a new chapter on extended liability, defences, and child soldiers. It reviews the new definition of the crime of aggression and some of Canada's new criminal cooperation ventures.


Foreword to the First Edition
Foreword to the Second Edition
Preface and Acknowledgements

Introduction: Convergence of Disciplines
Jurisdiction over International and Transnational Crime
The Core Crimes
Direct Enforcement against the Core Crimes: International and Internationalized Criminal Courts
Indirect Enforcement: National Prosecution of the Core Crimes
Other International Crimes
Transnational Crimes of International Concern
Transnational Crimes of Domestic Concern
International Criminal Cooperation
International Criminal Cooperation, Human Rights, and the Application of the Charter
Immunities from Criminal Prosecution
Extended Liability, Defences, and Child Soldiers

Table of Cases


Reviews of previous edition:

In a world where advances in technology and transportation have shattered the notion that crime is local, Robert J. Currie’s book, International and Transnational Criminal Law, eloquently explores the complex and rapidly evolving fields of law known as “inter¬national criminal law” (ICL) and “transnational criminal law” (TCL). Unlike some texts in international law, which rely on ex¬cerpts from international instruments to convey their message, this book studiously synthesises complex subject matter into readily digestible points. In so doing, the author presents the salient features of these areas of law in a manner that allows the reader to appreci¬ate the interplay between the emerging streams in a style that is eminently accessible to teachers, students, practitioners, judges, and policy makers alike.

From The Canadian Yearbook of International Law 2010, Vol. 48 pp 584-588

Currie’s work is an invaluable resource that will be welcomed by those with an interest in international and transnational criminal law. In addition to the comprehensive research and practical examples that inform this book, Currie’s ability to translate a very complex area of law into easily understood concepts will ensure that this book remains authoritative and relevant for years to come.

Marcus Davies - Legal Officer, Criminal, Security and Diplomatic Law Division, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada


Published 31 January 2014
Publisher Irwin Law (Canada)
ISBN 9781552213506
Australian RRP $75.00
International Price $70.00
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