CYIL vol. 12 (2021)

milan lipovský CYIL 12 (2021) and the Rome Statute. In 2021, the UN Convention on Genocide also celebrated its 70 th anniversary of it entering into force in 1951. The authors deal with almost all aspects of the definition. The only one I regret not being covered (though it is of course impossible to cover everything, otherwise the book would expand over its already impressive amount of pages significantly) is the matter of denial of genocide. It might be a topic to be considered for the 5 th edition. Chapters 4 and 5 deal with crimes against humanity and war crimes respectively. I would like to commend the authors for paying particular attention to the sexual and gender- based crimes that have unfortunately been neglected till the end of the 20 th century in ICL. The chapters are divided into sections dealing individually with historical developments, contextual elements, individual acts, and multiplicity of offences. Chapter 5 also divides the sections according to the types of crimes and adds sections on prohibited means and methods of warfare. In that way it makes the necessary crossover to humanitarian law. The last chapter, chapter 6, is devoted to the analysis of the crime of aggression. Though interesting, the legal instruments contained in the definition have left some questions unanswered, yet the reviewed publication includes discussions on them. The customary definition of the crime against peace as opposed to the definition of the crime of aggression under the RS (including legal ramifications for the Court’s jurisdiction stemming from it); the problematic understanding of the term of “manifest violation of the UN Charter”; the extremely interesting (and quite complicated) issue of the scope of jurisdiction of the ICC in situations where the proceedings would be triggered by the prosecutor or the State Parties; and many others are among the topics addressed by the authors. In conclusion, the publication is a useful and well elaborated work. The number of resources (including the newest ones) used in it is impressive and confirms the depth of studies conducted by the authors. The publication continues to be a significant contribution to international criminal law theory, and I recommend readers to include it in their libraries.

Milan Lipovský *

* JUDr. Milan Lipovský, Ph.D. is a senior lecturer and researcher at the Department of International Law, Faculty of Law, Charles University.


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