Global Justice or Global Revenge?
International Criminal Justice at the Crossroads
Philosophical Reflections on the Principles of the International Legal Order. Published on the Occasion of the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Foundation of the International Progress Organization

Köchler, Hans
2003, IX
+ 449 pages, softcover
ISBN: 3-211-00795-4

Springer: Vienna / New York, 2003

39,00 €

About this book

The evolving concept of universal jurisdiction, the modern doctrine of humanitarian intervention, and the challenges faced by legal theory in addressing issues of international terrorism are subjects of this profound study. The author's main intention is to reflect upon the legal and philosophical foundations of international criminal law in the context of politics. He analyzes the prospects of the International Criminal Court and compares this institution with other forms of universal jurisdiction such as the Security Council's ad hoc tribunals. He also points out the problem of double standards in the current practice of "humanitarian politics". Hans Koechler was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as international observer at the Lockerbie trial in The Netherlands. His experience gained at the "trial of the century" motivated him to reflect on the feasibility of international criminal justice and humanitarian intervention in the framework of the present unipolar world order.

Written for:

Legal experts (general international law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law, philosophy of law), members of international criminal courts, officials of the United Nations

Book reviews:

Frontline. India's National Magazine (New Delhi, India)

Cumhuriyet (Istanbul, Turkey) (Turkish)

Professor Türkkaya Ataöv (Ankara) (English)



international criminal justice

international criminal courts


state sovereignty

Universal jurisdiction

national courts

international conventions


Khmer Rouge

Yugoslavia tribunal

Sierra Leone

United Nations

UN Security Council


military alliances

military tribunals

humanitarian intervention

international rule of law

Baku Declaration