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International and Transnational Criminal Law, 2/e

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, organized 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 globalized 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.


Robert Currie

Robert J Currie is an associate professor at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, where he teaches international criminal law, international advocacy, evidence, criminal law, civil procedure, and law and technology. He studied at both St Francis Xavier University and the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, and has degrees in law from Dalhousie and the University of Edinburgh. Prior to his academic appointment, Professor Currie had a civil litigation practice at the Atlantic Canadian firm McInnes Cooper, where he appeared before all levels of court in Nova Scotia, as well as before the Federal Court. He has been a member of the Nova Scotia Bar since 2000. Professor Currie has authored or co-authored numerous articles and comments in the area of international and transnational criminal law, and his work has been cited by Canadian courts. The first edition of this book, published in 2010, was short-listed for the Walter Owen Book Prize for Outstanding Canadian Legal Literature and was cited by the Supreme Court of Canada. He acts as a consultant for both government and private clients and is often called upon to provide CLE for the practising bar., He is vice-president of the Law Reform Commission of Nova Scotia, a member of the executive committee of the Canadian Council on International Law, and is on the board of directors of the Canadian IT Law Association (IT.Can). In 2008, Professor Currie was honoured with the Dalhousie Law Students’ Society and Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Joseph Rikhof

Joseph Rikhof has received a BCL from the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands; an LLB from McGill University; a Diploma in Air and Space Law from McGill University; and a PhD from the Irish Centre for Human Rights. He teaches international criminal law at the University of Ottawa. He is senior counsel, Manager of the Law with the Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes Section of the Department of Justice, Canada. He was a visiting professional with the International Criminal Court in 2005 while also serving as special counsel and policy advisor to the Modern War Crimes Section of the Department of Citizenship & Immigration between 1998 and 2002. His area of expertise lies with the law related to organized crime, terrorism, genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, especially in the context of immigration and refugee law. He has written almost forty articles as well his first book, The Criminal Refugee: The Treatment of Asylum Seekers with a Criminal Background in International and Domestic Law (2012), exploring these research interests; and has lectured on the same topics in North and South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Australia, and New Zealand.

Chapter Title Abstract Contributors Pages Year Price


Discussion of the history, sources, and subjects of international and transnational criminal law, plus considerations of enforcement and international cooperation. ; 49 $4.90


Discussion of international law principles that govern when and how states may exercise criminal jurisdiction, and the manner in which the domestic law implements, incorporates, and otherwise … ; 57 $5.70


Discussion of the core international law crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and aggression. ; 60 $6.00


Examination of the salient features of courts involved in international prosecutions, including prosecutions following World War II, United Nations ad hoc tribunals, the International Criminal … ; 60 $6.00


Survey of the prosecution of the core crimes by national courts, with an emphasis on the Canadian context. ; 63 $6.30


Discussion of the crimes of torture, piracy, apartheid, slavery and terrorism. ; 35 $3.50


Discussion of domestic or common crimes that affect or engage the interests of more than one state when they are committed, including transnational organized crime and terrorism, and the … ; 112 $11.20


Discussion of offences made criminal under the domestic law of a state but have not been the subject of any international law regime and have aspects touching on the jurisdiction of another state. ; 39 $3.90


Discussion of the primary mechanisms states use to assist each other in the prosecution of criminal offenders, specifically extradition and mutual legal assistance, as well as the alternatives of … ; 54 $5.40


Discussion of the effect of increased entrenchments of substantive and procedural rights for accused persons on international criminal cooperation activities. ; 46 $4.60


Discussion of personal immunity, including diplomatic immunity, and functional immunity as procedural bars to jurisdiction for prosecution of state officials for international crimes and … ; 65 $6.50


Discussion of the various means by which an individual can be held liable for international crimes beyond committing them personally, defences, and liability regarding inchoate offences and child … ; 36 $3.60