International criminal law is a body of public international law that seeks to prevent and punish serious atrocities. The purpose of this type of law is to hold perpetrators criminally accountable for their crimes. The United Nations, the World Court, and the European Union all have a strong interest in making sure that people who do wrong are held to account. These laws are often the only way to ensure that these serious atrocities will not happen again.
The concept of impunity is not new. The term “international” means that it exists on a global scale. There is a common understanding that perpetrators are required to be brought to justice for their crimes. This principle has been present in international criminal law since the early 1990s. But it has become increasingly difficult to define. What is consistent and what is not? Several authors have provided a comprehensive overview of the concept and its application.
An excellent overview of the history of international criminal law is essential. A well-written commentary on the subject can make the subject more understandable to students. Otto Triffterer and Kai Ambos have contributed to the growing body of knowledge on this topic. They have published an acclaimed third edition of their commentary on international criminal law. The book is available through EBSCO and the eBook Comprehensive Academic Collection – North America. If you are interested in learning more about this topic, I highly recommend this text.