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International and Transnational Criminal Law, Fourth Edition

  • David Luban
  • Julie R. O'Sullivan
  • David P. Stewart
  • Neha Jain
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International and Transnational Criminal Law, Fourth Edition, by David J. Luban, Julie R. O’Sullivan, David P. Stewart, and Neha Jain covers both international criminal law and the application of U.S. criminal law transnationally. This comprehensive and versatile book has chapters on each of the core crimes (aggression, genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes) as well as terrorism and torture. It has separate chapters on the international tribunals from Nuremberg on and the ICC. Other chapters treat modes of liability, defenses, crimes against women, and alternatives to criminal prosecution in post-conflict societies. It also covers U.S. criminal law in transnational contexts, including money laundering, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, trafficking, and terrorism. In addition, it includes chapters on extradition, evidence gathering abroad, comparative criminal procedure and comparative sentencing, and U.S. constitutional rights abroad. Introductory chapters on the nature of international criminal law, transnational jurisdiction, and the basics of public international law make the book accessible to students (as well as government lawyers and private practitioners) with no prior background in this increasingly important field.

New to the Fourth Edition:

  • Recent developments in the international tribunals, including the Special Court for the Central African Republic and Colombia’s Special Jurisdiction for Peace.
  • Updates on post-Morrison jurisdictional developments, including new cases and exposition. Expanded treatment of aggression, including coverage of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
  • Comprehensive revision of the chapter on obtaining evidence abroad, with greater emphasis on difficulties facing defense counsel.
  • Updates on ICC jurisprudence, including developments on command responsibility and criminal defenses.
  • Updated genocide chapter, including a new section on cultural genocide and discussion of the Ukraine v. Russia ICJ litigation.

Professors and students will benefit from:

  • Versatility: The book can be used for courses on international criminal law and also for courses on U.S. criminal law applied across borders.
  • Self-contained introductory chapters on basic public international law, transnational jurisdiction, and the nature of criminal law.
  • A detailed treatment of “headline” issues including torture, terrorism, war crimes, and the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Readable background on historical context.
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David Luban
University Professor
Georgetown University Law Center

David Luban is University Professor in Law and Philosophy at Georgetown University Law Center. His books include Lawyers and Justice: An Ethical Study, Legal Modernism, Legal Ethics and Human Dignity, and most recently Torture, Power, and Law (Cambridge UP, 2014), which won the American Publishers’ Association PROSE Award in philosophy. Luban is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies (Jerusalem). He is on the editorial boards of Ethics & International Affairs and Legal Ethics, and is a founding editor of the weblog Just Security. Luban has lectured widely, both in the U.S. and in eighteen other countries. Currently he is Distinguished Visitor in Ethics at the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, U.S. Naval Academy. He has held visiting chairs at the Fordham, Harvard, Stanford, and Yale Law Schools, and also taught as a visiting professor at the University of Melbourne and the Interdisciplinary Center (Israel). His research centers on international criminal law, legal ethics, just war theory, national security, and legal theory. His particular interest is the erosion of moral responsibility in organizational settings. At the moment, he is writing a book on the legal and moral philosophy of Hannah Arendt.

Julie R. O'Sullivan
Professor of Law
Georgetown University Law Center

Julie O'Sullivan is a professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. After graduating from Cornell Law School summa cum laude, Professor O’Sullivan clerked for Chief Judge Levin Campbell of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and then for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the United States Supreme Court. She spent five years with Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, where she worked on mergers and acquisitions litigation as well as white-collar criminal defense matters. Her experience at Davis Polk included work on U.S. v. REI, a lengthy and complex public corruption case, and the BCCI case, where she worked with Robert Fiske in the defense of First American Bank, Clark Clifford, and Robert Altman. In 1991, Professor O’Sullivan joined the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York as an Assistant United States Attorney. There, she spent most of her time prosecuting major white-collar crimes. She and another AUSA successfully prosecuted the largest bank fraud case in the country at the time and the first to be brought under the financial kingpin statute. Professor O’Sullivan was then recruited by Robert Fiske, the newly appointed independent counsel for the Whitewater investigation, to join his staff in Little Rock, Arkansas, as associate counsel. She worked for Mr. Fiske, and briefly for Ken Starr, before commencing her teaching career at Georgetown in 1995. Also in 1995, on appointment by the Supreme Court, she successfully briefed and argued a case on behalf of an indigent petitioner in a case pending before that Court. Professor O’Sullivan has written many articles and the leading casebook on white-collar crime and is a recognized expert on both the federal sentencing guidelines and white collar criminal law. Professor O’Sullivan is increasingly interested in the subject of cross-border criminality and law enforcement. With Professors David Luban and David Stewart, she published a casebook on International and Transnational Criminal Law. She has taught international criminal law in London and Dublin as well as Georgetown. In 2010, she served as a visiting professional at, and then a consultant for, the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

David P. Stewart
Professor from Practice
Georgetown University Law Center

David P. Stewart is Professor from Practice at Georgetown University Law Center. Professor Stewart joined the Georgetown Law faculty in 2008 following his retirement from the U.S. Department of State after 33 years of service, including as Assistant Legal Adviser for Law Enforcement and Intelligence.&He also served as Assistant Legal Adviser for Private International Law, for Diplomatic Law and Litigation, for African Affairs, for Human Rights and Refugees, and for International Claims and Investment Disputes, as well as Special Assistant to the Legal Adviser. Before joining the government, he was in private practice with Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine in commercial and antitrust litigation. He co-edited the multi-volume Digest of U.S. Practice in International Law for the years 1990-2003. He was an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown for over 25 years and received Georgetown’s Charles Fahy award for distinguished adjunct faculty teaching in 2003-2004. He is President of the American Branch of the International Law Association and was Co-Reporter working on the American Law Institute’s the Restatement (Fourth), Foreign Relations Law (2018). He is a member of the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law and the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law and previously served on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, the Executive Council of the ABA's Section of International Law, and (from 2008-206) the Inter-American Juridical Committee, which advises the Organization of American States on juridical matters of an international nature and promotes the progressive development and the codification of international law.

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