Commentary on the Rome Statute of the ICC

Editor: Kai Ambos


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Hardback, approx. 3000 pp., 2022, Beck/Nomos/Hart

ISBN 978-3-406-74384-9


From reviews of the fourth edition:

"No doubt this new edition of the Commentary aims to be the starting point for anyone conducting research relating to the Rome Statute. … or anyone who does manage to get their hands on a copy, they will be rewarded with finely-tuned, well-researched and up-to-date commentary on the Rome Statute.”

Monique Cormier, in: Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law

"In sum, I am persuaded that this edition, like the previous ones, will be a great success. For many, like president Hofmànski in his introduction, it will be one of the books that, despite its large size, will not need a place on their bookshelves but on their desk. It will help current and future judges to ‘write the book’ that judge Aharon Barak of the Israeli Supreme Court had in mind when he said: ‘Judicial activity (…) is like several authors taking turns in writing a book, one after another. Judges no longer on the bench wrote the earlier chapters. We must now write the continuation of the book’. This Commentary will help judges, and those who follow their jurisprudence closely, to fulfil this task."

Christine Baroness Van den Wyngaert, in: International Criminal Law Review (2022), auch als PDF

"The [Commentary] is a most impressive collective work characterized by intellectual rigor and an active engagement with the purpose – as the Preamble to the Statute puts it – ‘‘to guarantee lasting respect for and the enforcement of international justice’’. In the coming years, new cases will come before the ICC and many novel legal issues will arise. It is good to know that the Commentary will continue to be a reliable guide through the cliffs and abysses of international criminal law and justice."

Thomas Weigend, in: Criminal Law Forum (2022)

"Like its predecessors, the commentary’s fourth edition will guide academics and practitioners with great clarity through the exceedingly complicated maze of international criminal law. Ambos deserves praise for keeping the features that make the book the “leading commentary on the Rome Statute” (Schmitt, Introductions, XVII) while carefully giving it greater clarity, structure, and adding useful new features. With 79 authors contributing to almost 3000 pages of commentary on 128 articles, the highly subjective reviewer will always be able to lament some missing aspects or issues treated too cursorily. But at the end of the day, when international criminal lawyers turn to the red and gold opus on their desk(top), they can be reassured that Ambos and his pristine team of authors provide answers or at least starting points for research on any question this field throws at them."

Fin-Jasper Langmack, in: Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Book Reviews (2022)

"Its versatility makes this Commentary an indispensable companion for academics, members of the Court, other practitioners and diplomats alike. ... This fourth edition needs to be on the shelf of every academic, practitioner and diplomat who is dealing with the work of the International Criminal Court."

Jan Christoph Nemitz, in: Journal of International Criminal Justice, 2022

„Somit hat der Kommentar einen ganz konkreten Beitrag zu Effektivität und Effizienz des Römischen Statuts und der Arbeit des Strafgerichtshofs geleistet. ... ein unabdingbarer Begleiter für jede und jeden aus den Bereichen Wissenschaft, (internationale) Strafjustiz und Diplomatie."

ders. in: Zeitschrift für internationale Strafrechtswissenschaft (2022), 419

"Völkerstrafrechtliche Praktiker und Wissenschaftlerinnen kommen auch in Zukunft am «Ambos» nicht vorbei, er ist und bleibt, wie die 4. Auflage aufs Neue bestätigt, ein Muss. Das ausgefeilte Rechtsprechungsregister erlaubt auch den gezielten Problemzugang über einzelne Entscheidungen des IStGH21 und der anderen Tribunale."

Hans Vest, in: ZStrR (2022), 267


"Este Comentario se ha convertido en un instrumento de referencia para cualquiera que se dedique al estudio de la CPI y, más en general, del Derecho penal internacional (DPI), así como para los prácticos que trabajan en esta área. (…) En su conjunto, es una obra monumental, que une a la calidad excelente de las aportaciones de cada autor un trabajo minucioso y muy logrado de coordinación y armonización por parte del director."

Elena Maculan, in: Revista de Derecho Penal y Criminología (2022), 299-306

"...aunque existen varios comentarios al Estatuto de Roma, esta edición representa una importante actualización. Es un trabajo muy relevante y útil para cualquier persona interesada en este campo tan abigarrado y complicado."

Javier S. Eskauriatza, in: InDret 2022, 355-359


From reviews of the third edition:

"This book is an established reference in the international criminal law arena and … with Kai Ambos now having taken over the editorial responsibility, there is an assurance that Triffterer’s legacy will continue. This is to the great benefit of all practitioners, academics, students of international criminal law and all other stakeholders who are interested in the ICC and its work."

Ousman Nijkam, in: Criminal Law Forum (2016) 27:121-127


"One can only agree with the words of Judge Song in his introduction that the Triffterer/Ambos Commentary ‘represents a most valuable contribution to a more erudite understanding and interpretation of the Rome Statute and therefore a powerful tool to document and supplement the development of international criminal law’. It will be an indispensable tool for those working at or before the International Criminal Court, and even in the field of international criminal law more generally."

Simon M. Meisenberg, in: International Criminal Law Review 2016, 561-563


"masterwork… a mandatory purchase for any library"

Prof. Dr Otto Lagodny, Criminal Law Forum 2016, 387–389


"Corresponding to the ICC Statute, the book consists of 13 parts and 131 articles. These are thoroughly examined by 81 authors, all possessing an academic or practical background as well as outstanding expertise in international criminal law. ... In general, the commentaries on the legal framework of the ICC are clearly structured and well written. ... undoubtedly still the best product in its segment on the market."

Dr Christoph Barthe, Journal of International Criminal Justice 2018, 663-668