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2011

Indiana Law Journal

Pluralism

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The Pluralism Of International Criminal Law, Alexander K. A. Greenwalt Jul 2011

The Pluralism Of International Criminal Law, Alexander K. A. Greenwalt

Indiana Law Journal

This Article develops a pluralistic account of substantive international criminal law (ICL). Challenging the dominant assumption among theorists and practitioners, it argues that the search for consistency and uniformity in ICL is misguided, that the law applicable to international crimes should not be the same in all cases, and that those guilty of like crimes should not always receive like sentences. In lieu of a one-size-fits-all criminal law, this Article proposes a four-tiered model of ICL that takes seriously the national laws of the state or states that, under normal circumstances, would be expected to assert jurisdiction over a case. …