Duhaime's Law Dictionary


International Crime Definition:

Crimes which affect the peace or safety of more than one state or which are so reprehensible in nature as to justify the intervention of international agencies in the investigation and prosecution thereof.

Traditional examples include war crimes, crimes against humanity and piracy. More recently: genocide and terrorism and in the near future.

Some have emerged as articulated and defined offences, part of the law of nations and others now form part of the body of international law statutes - more properly called treaties. As part of the latter, they are properly organized with a definition of the prohibited conduct and appropriate referrals to international courts for trial and sentence.

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