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Criminal Responsibility of Senior Political and Military Leaders as Principals to International Crimes


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Foreword by Judge Sir Adrian Fulford, presiding Judge of the Trial Chamber at the International Criminal Court. Introduction by Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova, Judge of Pre-Trial Chambers II and III of the International Criminal Court, dealing with the situations in Uganda and Central African Republic.

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Hector Olasolo, Professor of International Criminal Law and Procedure at the University of Utrecht. LLM (Columbia University), PhD in Law (Salamanca University). He has been a Legal Officer in Chambers at the International Criminal Court (2004-2010), a member of the Legal Advisory and Appeal Sections of the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (2002-2004), and a member of the Spanish Delegation to the International Criminal Court Preparatory Commission (1999-2002). The author has written the books entitled 'Corte Penal Internacional: 'Donde Investigar?' (Tirant lo Blanch, 2003), 'The Triggering Procedure of the International Criminal Court' (Brill Publishers, 2005), 'Ataques contra Personas y Bienes Civiles y Ataques Desproporcionados' (Tirant lo Blanch, 2006), 'Unlawful Attacks in Combat Situations' (Brill Publishers, 2007), 'Terrorismo Internacional y Conflicto Armado' (with Prof. A. I. Perez Cepeda, Tirant lo Blanch, 2008) 'Ensayos sobre la Corte Penal Internacional' (Universidad Javeriana de Bogota/Dyke, 2009), and 'Esstudios de Derecho Penal Internacional.' The views expressed herein are those of the author alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the ICC, the ICTY, the United Nations or the Spanish Government.


Hector Olasolo's book is indispensible to anyone interested in bringing top leaders, political or military, to account for their complicity in crimes. A.G. Noorani Frontline September 2009 The book offers a clear, comprehensive and structured overview concerning the criminal responsibility of senior political and military leaders and gives a sound answer to the core questions linked to the attribution or imputation of crimes. The value of this book, based on a profound knowledge of international criminal law and different national criminal systems, is the combination of theoretical considerations and a great number of concrete examples that can support scholars and practitioners in deepening their understanding of the issue. Probably, it will be a milestone in the study of the criminal responsibility of senior political and military leaders in the performance of international crimes. Cinzia Fuggetti Military Law and the Law of War Review Volume 48 (2009) This detailed and authoritative examination of the complex and controversial subject of legal liability for collective criminal behaviour in international criminal law is a timely and significant addition to the current scholarly debate. Amrita Mukherjee The Howard Law Journal Volume 49, Number 4, September 2010

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