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The Elements of international crimes, in particular the mental element

Antonio Cassese, Paola Gaeta, Laurel Baig, Mary Fan, Christopher Gosnell and Alex Whiting

in Cassese's International Criminal Law

Third edition

Published on behalf of © Estate of Antonio Cassese and Paola Gaeta 2013

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199694921
Published online June 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191764509 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/he/9780199694921.003.0018
The Elements of international crimes, in particular the mental element

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This chapter begins with a discussion of the two main features that characterize international crime. It then explains the objective structure of international crime, which divides these crimes into conduct; consequences; and circumstances. This is followed by discussions of the mental element of international criminal law; intent; special intent (dolus specialis) recklessness or indirect intent, knowledge, culpable or gross negligence, the mental element in the International Criminal Court Statute, and judicial determination of the mental element.

Keywords: international criminal law; criminal liability; mental element; intent; recklessness; knowledge; gross negligence; International Criminal Court Statute

Chapter.  15610 words. 

Subjects: International Criminal Law

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