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International Criminal Law and International Criminal Procedural Law Textbooks: From 2010 Onwards

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* Compiled by Henriette (Jet) Jakobien Liesker, Research Assistant, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo.

 The list of textbooks on International Criminal Law and International Criminal Procedural Law (from 2010 onwards), together with the list of textbooks on Public International Law (from 2012 onwards), International Human Rights Law (from 2014 onwards), and International Humanitarian Law (from 2011 onwards) are meant to help international law teachers of these courses in selecting a suitable, updated textbook for their courses. The lists might not be comprehensive, so if you are missing your textbook from the list (the textbook needs to be within the prescribed time limits, written in English, and easily purchased online), please take contact with us. With thanks to Henriette (Jet) Jakobien Liesker for putting these lists together.


Ilias Bantekas, International Criminal Law, 4th edition, Hart Publishing, 2010.

This book offers a comprehensive analysis of the major areas of international criminal law (ICL). It approaches its subject matter from both a criminal law and an international law perspective, analysing the various topics exhaustively but in an accessible manner. While looking at the jurisprudence of the international tribunals, it is not confined to this approach, instead looking at all the fields in which ICL is employed.


Bartram S. Brown (ed.), Research Handbook on International Criminal Law, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2011.

T his carefully regarded and well-structured handbook covers the broad range of norms, practices, policies, processes and institutional mechanisms of international criminal law, exploring how they operate and continue to develop in a variety of contexts. Leading scholars in the field and experienced practitioners have brought together their expertise and perspectives in a clear and concise fashion to create an authoritative resource, which will be useful and accessible even to those without legal training.

 Antonio Cassese et al., International Criminal Law: Cases and Commentary, Oxford University Press, 2011.

International Criminal Law: Cases and Commentary presents a concise and comprehensive explanation of the development of major areas in substantive international criminal law, through a selection of key illustrative cases from domestic and international jurisdictions. The focus is on the law related to individual criminal liability for war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and aggression, with specific attention paid to sources of international criminal law, fundamental principles of criminal responsibility and defences.

William A. Schabas and Nadia Bernaz (eds.), Routledge Handbook of International Criminal Law, Routledge, 2011.

International criminal law has developed extraordinarily quickly over the last decade, with the creation of ad hoc tribunals in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, and the establishment of a permanent International Criminal Court. This book provides a timely and comprehensive survey of emerging and existing areas of international criminal law.

 Christine Van den Wyngaert and Steven Dewulf (eds.), International Criminal Law, 4th edition, Brill / Nijhoff, 2011.

This collection is meant to guide students and practitioners through the labyrinth of international criminal law instruments. It comprises international (universal) and Euro-pean conventions, while also including other regional instruments (AU/OAU, ASEAN, the Commonwealth, OAS and SAARC).


Cherif Bassiouni, Introduction to International Criminal Law: 2nd Revised Edition, Brill / Nijhoff, 2012.

Written by one of the world’s pioneers and leading authorities on international criminal law, this text book covers the history, nature, and sources of international criminal law; the ratione personae; ratione materiae–sources of substantive international criminal law; the indirect enforcement system; the direct enforcement system; the function of the international criminal court; rules of procedure and evidence applicable to international criminal proceedings; and the future of international criminal law.

 Christoph Safferling, International Criminal Procedure, Oxford University Press, 2012.

This book sets out and analyses the procedural law applied by international criminal tribunals and the International Criminal Court (ICC). It traces the development of international criminal procedure from its roots in the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg to its current application by the Yugoslav and Rwanda Tribunals, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, the Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia, and the International Criminal Court. All of these tribunals apply a different set of rules. The focus of this book, however, lies on the ICC and its procedural regime as contained in the Rome Statute, the Rules of Procedure and Evidence, and the different Regulations of the Court and of the Prosecutor.


Linda E. Carter and Fausto Pocar (eds.), International Criminal Procedure: The Interface of Civil Law and Common Law Legal Systems, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013.

The emergence of international criminal courts, beginning with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and including the International Criminal Court, has also brought an evolving international criminal procedure. In this book, the authors examine selected issues that reflect a blending of, or choice between, civil law and common law models of procedure. The topics include background on civil law and common law legal systems; plea bargaining; witness proofing; written and oral evidence; self-representation and the use of assigned, standby, and amicus counsel; the role of victims; and the right to appeal.

 Antonio Cassese and Paola Gaeta, Cassese’s International Criminal Law, 3rd edition, Oxford University Press, 2013.

The third edition of Cassese’s International Criminal Law provides a clear account of the main substantive and procedural aspects of international criminal law. Adopting a combination of the classic common law and more theoretical approaches to the subject, it discusses:

  • the historical evolution of international criminal law;
  • the legal definition of the so-called core crimes (war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide) plus aggression, torture and terrorism;
  • the forms and modes of criminal responsibility; and
  • the main issues related to the prosecution and punishment of international crimes at the national and international level, including amnesties, statutes of limitations and immunities.
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 Göran Sluiter et al. (eds.), International Criminal Procedure, Oxford University Press, 2013.

International Criminal Procedure: Principles and Rules is a comprehensive study of international criminal proceedings written by over forty leading experts in the field. The book offers a systematic overview and detailed comparison of the standards governing the conduct of proceedings in all major international and internationalized criminal courts from the Nuremberg and Tokyo Tribunals to the recently established Cambodian Extraordinary Chambers and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

 Claire de Than and Russell Heaton, Criminal Law, 4th edition, Oxford University Press, 2013.

Criminal Law introduces undergraduates to the principles of criminal law through a fresh and stimulating approach. With a reputation for providing a readable and understandable account of the law relating to criminal offences, this book allows the reader to develop a full appreciation of the fundamentals of the subject whilst highlighting and examining key areas for debate.


Robert Cryer et al., An Introduction to International Criminal Law and Procedure, 3rd edition, Cambridge University Press, 2014.

By offering both a comprehensive update and new material reflecting the continuing development of the subject, this continues to be the leading textbook on international criminal law. Its experienced author team draws on its combined expertise as teachers, scholars and practitioners to offer an authoritative survey of the field. The third edition contains new material on the theory of international criminal law, the practice of international criminal tribunals, the developing case law on principles of liability and procedures and new practice on immunities. It offers valuable supporting online materials such as case studies, worked examples and study guides. Retaining its comprehensive coverage, clarity and critical analysis, it remains essential reading for all in the field.

 Raphael Kamuli, Modern International Criminal Justice, Intersentia, 2014.

Scrutinizing all the relevant case-law of the International Criminal Court (ICC), this book elucidates the paradigm that the ICC’s jurisprudence represents in international criminal justice. It presents in-depth knowledge of how contemporary international criminal justice preserves, departs from or extends the principles that have developed since the Nuremberg Trials. The author explains how the ICC affirms that the most serious crimes of international concern must not go unpunished.

 Vladimir Tochilovsky, The Law and Jurisprudence of the International Criminal Tribunals and Courts, 2nd edition, Intersentia, 2014.

This book provides the most comprehensive overview of the law and jurisprudence of the ad hoc international criminal tribunals and courts, and the International Criminal Court. It also includes relevant jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights and practice of the UN Human Rights Committee.


Roger O’Keefe, International Criminal Law, Oxford University Press, 2015.

International Criminal Law provides a comprehensive overview of an increasingly integral part of public international law. It complements the usual accounts of the substantive law of those international crimes tried to date before international criminal courts and of the institutional law of those courts with in-depth analyses of fundamental formal juridical concepts such as an ‘international crime’ and an ‘international criminal court’; with detailed examinations of the many international crimes provided for by way of multilateral treaty and of the attendant obligations and rights of states parties; and with sustained attention to the implementation of international criminal law at the national level. Direct, concise, and precise, International Criminal Law should prove a valuable resource for scholars and practitioners of the discipline of international criminal law.


 Antonio Cassese et al. (eds.), International Criminal Law: Critical Concepts in Law, Routledge, 2016.

The volume editors have realized an ambitious aim. Not only does International Criminal Law bring together ground-breaking material sourced from a wide range of academic journals, edited collections, textbooks, and monographs, many of which are now hard to obtain, the editors also illuminate the much broader—and fundamental—issues related to impunity, guilt, restitution, and social reconciliation.

 André Klip, European Criminal Law, 3rd edition, Intersentia, 2016.

This third edition explains European criminal law as a multi-level field of law, in which the European Union has a normative influence on substantive criminal law, criminal procedure and on the co-operation between Member States. It analyses the contours of the emerging criminal justice system of the European Union and presents a coherent picture of the legislation enacted, the case law on European Union level and its influence on national criminal law and criminal procedure, with specific attention for the position of the accused.

 Valsamis Mitsilegas et al (eds.), Research Handbook on EU Criminal Law, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016.

EU criminal law is one of the fastest evolving, but also challenging, policy areas and fields of law. This Handbook provides a comprehensive and advanced analysis of EU criminal law as a structurally and constitutionally unique policy area and field of research. With contributions from leading experts, focusing on their respective fields of research, the book is preoccupied with defining cross-border or ‘Euro-crimes’, while allowing Member States to sanction criminal behaviour through mutual cooperation. It contains a web of institutions, agencies and external liaisons, which ensure the protection of EU citizens from serious crime, while protecting the fundamental rights of suspects and criminals.

 Ellen S. Podgor et al., International Criminal Law Cases and Materials, 4th edition, Carolina Academic Press, 2016.

International Criminal Law provides a set of teaching materials furnishing students with a grounding in the transnational issues likely to arise in federal criminal cases, and also in the law produced as a consequence of international efforts to impose criminal responsibility on the perpetrators of human rights atrocities. International Criminal Law offers, for teaching purposes, a collection of cases (mainly domestic) and other materials, together with notes and questions about those cases and materials. The Fourth Edition contains a new chapter on human trafficking.

 William A. Schabas (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to International Criminal Law, Cambridge University Press, 2016.

This comprehensive introduction to international criminal law addresses the big issues in the subject from an interdisciplinary perspective. Expert contributors include international lawyers, judges, prosecutors, criminologists and historians, as well as the last surviving prosecutor of the Nuremberg Trials. Serving as a foundation for deeper study, each chapter explores key academic debates and provides guidelines for further reading. The book is organised around several themes, including institutions, crimes and trials. Purposes and principles place the discipline within a broader context, covering the relationship with human rights law, transitional justice, punishment and the imperatives of peace. Several tribunals are explored in depth, as are many emblematic trials. The book concludes with perspectives on the future.


John R.W.D. Jones QC and Miša Zgonec-Rožej (eds.), Blackstone’s International Criminal Practice, Oxford University Press, 2018.

Blackstone’s International Criminal Practice is the definitive guide to the practice of the international criminal courts, tribunals and relevant domestic practice. This one volume, readily accessible guide provides practitioners with everything they need to ensure their case goes smoothly in the tribunal or court. This book contains comprehensive analysis of the practice, procedure, and substantive application of international criminal law. It covers the practice of all major international and internationalised criminal courts with primary focus on the International Criminal Court but also includes coverage of war crimes tribunals established for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, Cambodia, and for other conflict zones. The text analyses relevant jurisprudence and key practice before the domestic courts including the development of the principle of universal jurisdiction and related sections on extradition and mutual legal assistance.

 Philipp Kasnter (ed.), International Criminal Law in Context, Routledge, 2018.

International Criminal Law in Context provides a critical and contextual introduction to the fundamentals of international criminal law. It goes beyond a doctrinal analysis focussed on the practice of international tribunals to draw on a variety of perspectives, capturing the complex processes of internationalisation that criminal law has experienced over the past few decades.

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