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Three international law issues relating to capital punishment are addressed in this chapter. The first concerns the tension between the reform of capital punishment, as international legal norms governing its practice become increasingly stringent. The second considers the validity of a category of states described as de facto abolitionist. It appears to be a very reliable predictor of permanent abolitionist status. The third examines the threats by the Philippines and Turkey, both of them abolitionist states, to return to capital punishment. Both states are blocked from doing this by treaty law. The situation poses a test for the effectiveness of international human rights law.

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William A. Schabas

The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court was adopted at the conclusion of a Diplomatic Conference held in Rome in mid-1998. The complex dynamics of the Conference are explained, including the role of various regional caucuses, the technique of reaching agreement by consensus, and the role that compromises played in resolving virtually intractable disputes. The mere fact of a positive conclusion attests to the general desire of States for such a Court, although the chapter questions whether the bargains that were struck may have contributed to the malaise that has afflicted the Court in recent years.

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This timely and original research review provides a comprehensive review of the role and activities of the International Court of Justice (the ‘World Court’) and its role in the important issues of international law. Covering the courts activities, procedure and contribution to the progressive development of international law as well as legal disputes and advisory opinions, this original piece proves an important and broad resource for scholars and students alike.
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International criminal law and the international courts and tribunals that administer it have witnessed a surge in interest over the past two decades, and it occupies an increasingly prominent position on the legal landscape. This topical research review prepared by an eminent authority in international criminal law successfully brings together a cross-section of the most important literature, providing a unique overview of the discipline.