Crimes Against Humanity

The Limits of Universal Jurisdiction in the Global South

Author(s) Nergis Canefe

Language: English

Genre(s): Social Policy and Law

Series: International Law

  • April 2021 · 336 pages ·216x138mm

  • · Hardback - 9781786837028
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781786837035
  • · eBook - epub - 9781786837042

About The Book

This volume considers how, based on the examination of cases pertaining to transitional justice settings that resort to local interpretations of crimes against humanity jurisprudence, fragmentation of international law and circumscribed applications of universal jurisdiction are necessary aspects of the grand enterprise to overcome the impasse of the tainted legacy of international criminal law in the Global South. If we are to proceed with adjudication of the most egregious and heinous crimes involving state criminality without facing the charge of neo-colonialist plotting, then we must reckon with localised and domesticated interpretations of international criminal law, rather than pursuing strict forms of legislative dictation of international criminal law.


‘This is an eminently interdisciplinary tome on crimes against humanity, which draws appropriately not just from the usual international law sources but also from a range of other disciplines – especially philosophy and political science. Canefe is to be commended for the refreshing way in which she has systematically applied a Global South perspective (as a way of seeing) to the analysis of such crimes as they relate to Global South (as a geo-political space); an analytical approach that remains uncommon in the field.’
-Professor Obiora Okafor, York University, Toronto ON

‘Crimes against Humanity is a tour de force in studies in international law from a scholar who has substantial knowledge and brilliant insights into complex material. It should be required reading for students and practitioners in the field of international relations and law.’
-Professor Kenneth Christie, Royal Roads University, Victoria BC


Frontispiece: Tree of Life, by the author
Chapter I. Topographies of Universal Jurisdiction in International Law, Legal Pluralism and the Curious Case of the International Criminal Court
Chapter II: Universal Jurisdiction and Genealogies of International Criminal Law
Chapter III. Crimes Against Humanity Jurisprudence in International Law and The Conundrum of Jurisdictional Certainty
Chapter IV. Mea culpa, Sua culpa, Tua Maxima Culpa: Collective Responsibility, Societal WrongDoing and Legal Judgment
Chapter V. Through the Looking Glass: Hybrid Courts and International Criminal Law in the Global Sout
In Lieu of Conclusion: Deliverance of Justice in International Criminal Law and the Role of Political Judgment as Purposive Action

About the Author(s)

Author(s): Nergis Canefe

Nergis Canefe is Professor of Politics, Public Policy and Law at York University, Toronto.

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