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Author Berlin, Mark S.

Title Criminalizing atrocity : the global spread of criminal laws against international crimes / Mark S. Berlin
Edition First edition
Published Oxford ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2020
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Description 1 online resource (251 pages)
Contents Intro -- Halftitle page -- Title page -- Copyright page -- Dedication page -- Acknowledgments -- Table of Contents -- List of Figures -- List of Tables -- List of Abbreviations -- 1. The Puzzle of Atrocity Criminalization -- The Origins of International Atrocity Law -- The Importance of Domestic Criminalization -- Contributions of the Book -- Why Criminalize Atrocities? The Argument in Brief -- Research Design and Plan of the Book -- 2. Explaining the Criminalization of Atrocities -- Explaining Criminalization through Targeted Legislation
Appendix B: Coding Rules for the Atrocity Law Dataset -- Genocide -- Crimes against Humanity -- War Crimes -- Appendix C: States with Atrocity Laws -- Appendix D: States that Retained Pre-independence Atrocity Laws -- Genocide -- War crimes -- Crimes against humanity -- Appendix E: New Criminal Codes, 1945-2018 -- Appendix F: Recoding of Legal Systems -- References -- Index
Explaining Criminalization through Criminal Code Reform -- 3. Domesticating Atrocity Law: A Brief Global History -- Before Atrocity Law: The AIDP, Criminal Law Reform, and the Domestication of International Criminal Law -- 1945-1957: The Birth of Atrocity Law and Early Efforts at Domestication -- 1958-1984: From Principled Entrepreneurship to Legal Borrowing -- 1985-1998: From Theoretical Concern to Practical Dilemma -- 1999-Present: Transnational Activists Take the Lead -- Conclusion -- 4. Pathways and Determinants of Atrocity Criminalization -- Expectations -- The Atrocity Law Dataset
Statistical Analyses -- Conclusion -- 5. The Criminalization of Atrocities in Guatemala -- The Puzzle of Criminalization in Guatemala -- Methods and Expectations -- Empirical Analysis: Testing the Mechanisms -- Conclusion -- 6. When Criminal Code Reform Does Not Lead to Atrocity Criminalization -- Colombia -- Poland -- The Maldives -- Conclusion -- 7. Conclusion -- Implications for Research on Atrocity Justice and Human Rights -- Implications for Research on International Law -- Generalizability and Future Research -- Appendix A: Interviews Cited
Summary The first book to systematically examine why countries adopt laws criminalizing genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on April 29, 2020)
Subject Atrocities -- Law and legislation.
Crimes against humanity.
Criminal liability (International law)
Atrocities -- Law and legislation.
Crimes against humanity.
Criminal liability (International law)
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0191885525