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Ch.V Treaty Crimes

From: Treatise on International Criminal Law (2nd Edition)

Kai Ambos

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 11 December 2023

Torture — Terrorism — Drug trafficking — Piracy — Relationship between international and domestic law

This chapter describes a series of other crimes whose suppression is of interest to the international community and which are the objects of multilateral treaties but for which no supranational criminal jurisdiction exists. It looks at treaty-based crimes that are established by special, so-called suppression conventions, such as the UN Torture Convention, the Terrorist Bombing Convention, and the UN Drugs Conventions. There are over 200 of these conventions all dealing with very specific aspects of criminal conduct with actual or potential transboundary effect. The chapter examines relevant conventions that do not contain autonomous crimes but only oblige the State Parties to criminalize the respective conduct under their domestic penal laws. A failure of a State Party to comply with this obligation entails its responsibility under the rules of State responsibility.

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