142 A critical analysis of customs and general principles in the development of international criminal law

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Kampala International University, School of Law
Intemational criminal law is one of the very broad aspects of intemationallaw generally, dealing with the investigation and possible prosecution and punishment of perpetrators of international crimes. In the prosecution of intemational crimes, intemational criminal law does contain various principles, norms and customs that have in fact contt~buted to its development. It is w1derstood that whilst international criminal law is different from intemational humanitarian law, there is a lot ofsignifance. Over the years, there has been steady development ofintemational criminal law. This study explains and analyzes comprehensively, the various principles and customs that have contributed to the development of intemational ct~minallaw, through, basically, the application of intemational humanitarian law and a little procedural and substantive human rights law applicable in anned cont1ict situations. The study identifies, however, that there are challenges which tend to hinder the continous development of international criminal law, and through the conduct of the study, to the end, discusses what the challenges entail and how they can be resolved.
A research dissertation submitted to the school of law in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of the Degree of Bachelor of laws of Kampala International University
Customs, General principles, International criminal law