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Dr. Roger O'Keefe

Dr. Roger O'Keefe
Senior Lecturer in Law
Deputy Director
Lauterpacht Centre for
International Law
University of Cambridge

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Criminal Law and Procedure
International Crimes
The Concept of an “International Crime”

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The Rise of Individual Criminal Responsibility under International Law

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Criminal Law and Procedure
International Crimes
The Concept of an “International Crime”
A. Legal Instruments
B. Jurisprudence
House of Lords, R v. Bow Street Metropolitan Stipendiary Magistrate, Ex Parte Pinochet Ugarte (No. 3), [2000] 1 A.C. 147.

International Court of Justice, Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (Democratic Republic of the Congo v. Belgium), Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 2002, p. 3.

International Criminal Court, Trial Chamber I, Situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the case of The Prosecutor v. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, Judgment of 14 March 2012, ICC-01/04-01/06.
C. Documents
International Law Commission, Principles of International Law recognized in the Charter of the Nuremberg Tribunal and in the Judgment of the Tribunal, 1950, (reproduced in Yearbook of the International Law Commission, 1950, vol. II).

International Law Commission, Draft Code of Crimes against the Peace and Security of Mankind, 1954 (reproduced in Yearbook of the International Law Commission, 1954, vol. II).

International Law Commission, Draft Statute for an International Criminal Court with commentaries, 1994 (reproduced in Yearbook of the International Law Commission, 1994, vol. II).
D. Doctrine
R. Cryer/H. Friman/D. Robinson/E. Wilmshurst, An Introduction to International Criminal Law and Procedure, 2nd edition, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2010.

The Rise of Individual Criminal Responsibility under International Law
A. Legal Instruments
Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907 (Text of the Conventions available on the website of Yale Law School’s Avalon Project).

The Versailles Treaty, Versailles, 28 June 1919.

Charter of the International Military Tribunal, Annex to the Agreement for the prosecution and punishment of the major war criminals of the European Axis, London, 8 August 1945.

Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, Paris, 9 December 1948, United Nations,  Treaty Series, vol. 78, p. 277.

International Law Commission, Draft Articles on Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts, 2001.
B. Jurisprudence
C. Documents
General Assembly resolution 95 (I) of 11 December 1946 (Affirmation of the principles of international law recognized by the Charter of the Nuremberg Tribunal)

General Assembly resolution 96 (I) of 11 December 1946 (The Crime of Genocide).