Setting Limits to Judicial Discretion in Interpreting Crimes. The Role of the Legality Principle at the International Criminal Court.

Quackelbeen, Ligeia
Faculteit Recht en Criminologie
Vakgroep Europees, Publiek- en Internationaal Recht
Academische graad
Doctor in de rechten
Taal proefschrift
Prof, Yves Haeck, RE22 - Prof, Brianne McGonigle, Utrecht University
Prof, Michel Tison, RE21 - Prof, Elies van Sliedregt, Tilburg University - Prof, Masha Federova, Radboud University - Prof, Georges Martyn, RE21 - Dr, Luca Ferro, RE22

Korte beschrijving

This thesis examines how the legality principle (article 22 Rome Statute) sets limits to the judicial interpretation of crimes and evaluates, through two case studies, whether the ICC judiciary has respected those legality limits. From a positivistic and Hartian inspired framework, this study proposes to understand the judicial interpretative process as constituting a two-dimensional functional relation between the applicable law and methods of interpretation. Both dimensions are evaluated in terms of the legality principle. Moreover the study, examines the interpretative result through the principle of strict construction and fair labelling. The first case study evaluates the judicial interpretation of the organisational policy element as a contextual element of crimes against humanity. The second case study evaluates the judicial interpretations of practices referred to as forced marriage and assesses the use of crime labels such as the residual categories of ‘other inhumane acts’ and ‘other sexual violence’ in relation to the categorization of forced marriage practices.


Dinsdag 14 juni 2022, 17:00
Auditorium Vandenhove (Paviljoen Charles Vandenhove), Rozier 1, 9000 Gent
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