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The United States and International Criminal Tribunals

An Introduction

Book | 1st edition 2012 | World | Harry M. Rhea

The Relationship between the United States and international criminal tribunals dates back to at least the First World War. Currently, there are many anti-American criticisms throughout the international legal community concerning the foreign relations policies of the United States, in particular, its position on the International Criminal Court. Written by an emerging scholar in the field of international criminal justice, this book considers over 150 years of United States policies on international criminal tribunals and the prosecution of international crimes. Relying on archival research, Harry M. Rhea demonstrates how the United States has remained consistent supporting all multinational and international criminal tribunals without supporting the International Criminal Court.

‘Is it exceptionalism, or is it just the ambivalence of a superpower? This is a fascinating account of the attitude of the United States over time to international criminal tribunals. It makes excellent use of much underutilized archive material.’
Roger S. Clark, Board of Governors Professor, Rutgers School of Law, Camden, New Jersey.

‘Meticulously documented with a focus on primary sources, Dr. Rhea's book vividly demonstrates that US policy toward international criminal tribunals has been over 150 years in the making. Its unique historic treatment renders this book essential reading for policy-makers, practitioners, and academic researchers working in the area of international criminal justice.’
Michael P. Scharf, Associate Dean for Global Legal Studies and John Deaver Drinko--Baker and Hostetler Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

‘Drawing upon archival sources that have not previously been studied by scholars, Dr. Rhea explores the complex and seemingly contradictory relationship of the United States and international justice. This is an important contribution to our emerging understanding of the subject.’
William Schabas, Professor of international law, Middlesex University and Professor of international criminal law and human rights, Leiden University

About the Author:
Harry M. Rhea is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Florida International University. He is a former United States Marine and holds a B.A. from Rutgers University, an M.S. from Saint Joseph’s University, and a Ph.D. from the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway. His research focuses specifically on United States foreign policy and international criminal justice.

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Type of product Book
Format Paperback
EAN / ISSN 9789050959544
Series name Supranational Criminal Law: Capita Selecta
Weight 389 g
Status Available
Number of pages xvi + 218 p.
Access to exercice No
Publisher Intersentia
Language English
Publication Date Sep 14, 2012
Available on Jurisquare No
Available on Strada Belgique No
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  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Pre-First World War Era
  • Chapter 2. Post-First World War Era
  • Chapter 3. Interwar Era
  • Chapter 4. Post-Second World War Era
  • Chapter 5. Cold War Era
  • Chapter 6. Post Cold-War Era
  • Chapter 7. Creating the International Criminal Court: 1989 – Rome Conference
  • Chapter 8. International Criminal Court: Post-Rome Conference – 2012
  • Chapter 9. Conclusion
  • Bibliography