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Mistake of Law: Excusing Perpetrators of International Crimes Annemieke Van Verseveld

Mistake of Law: Excusing Perpetrators of International Crimes

Annemieke Van Verseveld

Published August 28th 2012
ISBN : 9789067048668
Hardcover
182 pages
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 About the Book 

When a perpetrator of an international crime argues in his defence that he did not realise that he had violated the law, is this a reason not to punish him? International crimes constitute serious offences and it could be argued that he who commitsMoreWhen a perpetrator of an international crime argues in his defence that he did not realise that he had violated the law, is this a reason not to punish him? International crimes constitute serious offences and it could be argued that he who commits such an offence must know his act is punishable. After all, everyone is presumed to know the law. However, convicting someone who is mistaken about the wrongfulness of his act may be in violation of the principle no punishment without guilt. This book investigates when mistake of law should be a reason to exculpate the perpetrator of an international crime. It demonstrates that the issue of mistake of law goes to the heart of individual criminal responsibility and therewith contributes to the development of a more systematic approach toward the structure of international offences. Valuable for academics and practitioners in the field of International Criminal Law.