In this section the readers will find all reviewed books in the field of criminal law including domestic and international law as well as procedures and theories.

Book 01  -  The Right of Victims in Criminal Justice Proceedings for Serious Human Rights By: Juan Carlos Ochoa S. 

Title: The Right of Victims in Criminal Justice Proceedings for Serious Human Rights

Author/s: Juan Carlos Ochoa S.

Publisher: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers

Publication Year: 2013

Publication Place: Boston-USA

Edition: First, V. 12 The book is not a series of books in this field, it is a doctoral dissertation. 

Call No: LAW K 3240 .O24 2013

Language: English

Reference/citation/bibliography: This book has a wide range of bibliography include of regional and International conventions regarding human right. Also it has index.  

Audience: Law students are the audience if they have good legal English in reading and understanding of different topics in regard to victim’s right and international law. The author is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Oslo.

Geographic Area: Global

Accuracy: The book is written strongly in academic manner and its language is quite professional. It is reliable source for readers and researchers.  

 

Summary: This book discusses all aspects of victims’ right in serious human rights violation in courts and states, such as genocide. Also the book gives example in special criminal tribunals like in East Timor and Kosovo.   

Book 02  -  An Essay on Crimes and Punishments By: Cesare Beccaria 

Title: An Essay on Crimes and Punishments

Original Title in Italian: Dei delitti e delle pene

Author/s: Cesare Beccaria

Publisher: International Pocket Library

Publication Year: 1983

Publication Place: Boston

Edition:  Fourth

Call No: LAW K 5015.4 .A5 B4313 1983

Language: Italian, translated to English

Reference/citation/bibliography: The book does not have any references, it is a pure work. But it has index.

Audience: The book is a scholastic source of penal code. It is important for all lawyers to know about the issues discussed on the book.   

Geographic Area: Globally

Accuracy: The Author is one of the best philosophers of the eighteenth century. Lawyers praise him for his work and dare when he wrote the book under the tyrannical state of the Italy.

Special Features: The book does not have any special feature.

 

Summary: This book launched a revolution in the field of criminal law. The author discusses all aspects of cruel punishments and criticizes governments’ rule about the punishments such as execution and violence. He called on government to stop the punishment of the nobles and investigation. Beccaria challenged governments that they do not have the right to kill citizens as a legalized punishment; he called on states to stop cruel punishment specifically execution because the citizens never signed the social contract to be executed.

One of the best sections of this book is division of crimes, the issue that still many dictator states like the North Korea, Iran and few other countries did not considered due to their political benefits.

Book 03  -  International Criminal Law and Human Rights By: Claire de Than and Edwin Shorts  

Title: International Criminal Law and Human Rights

Author/s: Claire de Than and Edwin Shorts 

Publisher: Thomson Reuters (Legal) Limited

Publication Year: 2003

Publication Place: London

Edition: First

Call No: LAW K5301.D39 2003

Language: English

Reference/citation/bibliography: The book does not have a bibliography, but it has Appendix and Index

Audience: Law students are the main audience of the book, but it is also important to politicians to know about the International Crimes which always committed by them rather lawyers.

Geographic Area: This book covers international aspects of law.

Accuracy: The content of the book is accurate and reliable because the authors have good knowledge of international and discussed the topics in a good academic manner.

Mr. Claire Than is senior lecturer in law at the City University and Mr. Edwin Shorts is barrister at law London Metropolitan University

Special Feature: Table of international treaties and statutes are included.  

 

Summary: This book is about the International Criminal Law and Human Rights. The book discusses the basic and fundamental terminology, concepts and rules of the International Law and Human Rights. To illustrate them, omission, conduct, causation and so on. This book merely consists of crime against humanity, such as genocide, torture, terrorism, enforced disappearance of person and so on. As well as about International Criminal Tribunals, like Nuremberg, Rwanda and other international criminal tribunals which were established for post war countries.

This book is good for those students who research and study or such courses being offered by the Law Department now and in the future.

In addition, the above mentioned book is written in a good academic way, also observed the chronological order of the written topics.

Book 04  -  War Crimes By: Margaret Haerens

Title: War Crimes

Author/s: Margaret Haerens, book editor

Publisher: Cengage Learning

Publication Year: 2011

Publication Place: USA

Edition:  First

Call No: LAW K 5301 .W 3673 2011

Language: English

Reference/citation/bibliography: The book has bibliography and index.

Audience: The audience could be anybody, specifically law and political science students.

Geographic Area: Globally, also concentrated on the USA, Israel and Sudan cases.

Accuracy: The book is a collection of various articles from different authors. But the book is a series of “The Opposing Viewpoints” work; due to the popularity of the publisher and other series published by the publisher and the topics discussed could be reliable. Although, the cons for each viewpoint are discussed and readers would be able to recognize the accuracy of the topics.

Special Features: The special feature of this book is the discussions on one topic from two sides, such as “Israel should Be Tried for War Crimes against Gaza” and the other side “Israeli attacks on Gaza Are Not War Crimes”.

 

Summary: The book is collection of academic Journals on debate of war crimes. What is war crime and what is not, is the main point of the book’s purpose. The journals figured out on real cases that were occurred in the world. Different states and people constituted the journal’s theses, such as Somalia Pirates, the Bush Administration and Sudan are the examples. Principle of the International Criminal Court on war crimes is discussed from different perspectives.

 

Book 05  -  Crime and Punishment in Islamic Law: Theory and Practice from the Sixteenth to the Twenty-first Century  By: Rudolph Peters

Title: Crime and Punishment in Islamic Law: Theory and Practice from the Sixteenth to the Twenty-first Century 

Author/s: Rudolph Peters

Publisher:  Cambridge University Press

Publication Year: 2005

Publication Place: New York

Edition: First

Call No: LAW KBP3791.P48 2005

Language: English

Reference/citation/bibliography: The book bibliography, glossary of technical terms and index.

Audience: Law students, faculty and researchers who work on the field of Criminal Islamic Law

Geographic Area: Islamic countries with examples from Ottoman Empire, Egypt and Nigeria.  

Accuracy: It is an accurate source; the author is professor of Islamic Law at the Amsterdam University and used comments from other Islamic scholars. Although, the topics are controversial in term of enforcement of Islamic penal law.  

Special Features: Some maps show the area of Ottoman’s empire and Islamic countries who apply Islamic criminal law.  

 

Summary: The book presents the application of Islamic penal law and the doctrine in classical, middle-Ottoman Empire and the current-Saudi Arabia and Nigeria periods. Mostly used judicial data from Ottoman Empire about the enforcement of Islamic law on bandit, theft, murder and other crimes. The author also provided examples of the current enforcement of Islamic penal law from the Saudi Arabia and Nigeria. The conflict of Islamic penal law with the current Human Rights standard is a crucial issue which is discussed.

Book 06  -  Criminal Enterprise: Individuals, Organisations and Criminal Responsibility By: Christopher Harding 

Title: Criminal Enterprise: Individuals, Organisations and Criminal Responsibility

Author/s: Christopher Harding

Publisher: William Publishing

Publication Year: 2007

Publication Place: Collumpton, Devon 

Edition: First

Call No: LAW HV6083.H37 2007

Language: English

Reference/citation/bibliography: The book has bibliography and index.

Audience: Lawyers who are interested in complex criminal fields.

Geographic Area: Global with examples from European and Afghanistan countries.

Accuracy: The author is professor of law at University of Wales and published some other useful books.

Special Features: Does not have any special feature.

 

Summary: This book discusses the criminal responsibility of individuals, organizations, and inter-governmental firms. The criminal responsibility of individuals whether they commit crimes lonely or with cooperation of others which is called collective criminal responsibility. The responsibility of individual criminal actors who use organizations in order to commit crimes and gain benefit. The criminal responsibility of organizations and their autonomy in commission of crimes and the theory of crime control and sanctions on the offended organizations including inter-governmental fully discussed.

Book 07  -  Courts Judicial Decisions By: Supreme Court’s Judicial Verdicts 

Title: Courts Judicial Decisions

عنوان: آشنایی با احکام قضایی محاکم

Author/s: The book does not have author because it is a collection of Supreme Court’s Judicial Verdicts

Publisher: Afghanistan Supreme Court (Funded by USAID)

Publication Year: 2009

Publication Place: Kabul

Edition: First

Volume: One

Call No: LAW KNF 18 .A4 2009

Language: Dari/Persian

Reference/citation/bibliography: This book does not have any reference, but it is based on court’s orders.

Audience: It is a best practical book for all law students and public awareness about crimes because discusses the real cases from the viewpoints of judges, attorneys, accused and advocates.

Geographic Area: Afghanistan

Accuracy: All points of this book are accurate, unless there are any judicial mistakes in court’s sentences.

Special Features: The book does not have any special things.

 

Summary: This book is written based on Afghan Supreme Court’s five divisions’ judicial sentences including, public criminal cases, public security cases, eternal and external security cases, civil cases and commerce cases.

It is good to look on the cases that children were abused in money counterfeiting and drug selling in Nangahar and Kabul provinces.

All law students specifically those who are interested in criminal law and knowledge about Afghanistan courts sentences can use it in order to develop their case studies.


 

Book 08  -  Max Planck Manual on Fair Trial Standards in Afghanistan By: Max Planck Staff Members 

Title: رهنمود ماکس پلانک برای موازین محاکمۀ عادلانه در افغانستان

Original Title: Max Planck Manual on Fair Trial Standards in Afghanistan

Author/s: Max Planck Staff Members

Publisher: The German Federation Foreign Office

Publication Year: 2009

Publication Place: [Kabul]

Edition: Fourth

Call No: LAW KNF 4620 .H55 2009

Language: English/ Translated into Dari by Bashir Tanin

Reference/citation/bibliography: The book does not have any citation, but used Afghan codes and international documents in the context

Audience: Mostly advocate and judges

Geographic Area: Afghanistan

Accuracy: The book is written by Max Planck’s experts in the field of criminal law

Special Features: Table of cases and discussions

 

Summary: This book illustrates the fundamental rights of suspicious, accused and convicted persons in judicial process in Afghanistan courts before, during and after litigation; right to keep the silence, access to advocate, trial without delay and at the same time prohibited judicial forces like police and investigators to never use torture in order to get the confession of accused people. On one hand, authors discussed the authority of judges and attorneys and on the other hand rule and applicability of criminal codes and procedures in Afghanistan judicial sectors based on Afghan laws and its international commitments.

Book 09  -  Study and Analysis of Legal Cases By: Abdul Samad Keramat 

Title: مطالعه و تحلیل دوسیه های قضایی (کتاب ممد درسی بخش حقوق جزا)

English Title: Study and Analysis of Legal Cases

Author/s: Abdul Samad Keramat

Publisher: Nakhil Publications

Publication Year: 2015

Publication Place: Kabul

Edition: First

Call No: LAW KNF3800.K47 2015

Language: Dari

Reference/citation/bibliography: Authors used many resources for writing of this book

Audience: Mostly law students

Geographic Area: Afghanistan

Accuracy: Written by group of professionals and then edited too

Special Features: Authors provided real judicial cases, then analyzed studied them

 

Summary: This book seeks to study and analyze the real judicial cases in Afghanistan, in the area of criminal cases, such as transit of narcotics, abuse of authority, kidnap and so on. The authors at first explained the case, later on analyzed and described the elements of each crime in order to evaluate all aspects of the cases.

Through reading this book readers will become familiar with the methods of legal reasoning, procedure of following a criminal case in Afghanistan courts, claims of attorneys and finally decisions of primary, appeal and higher courts in terms of criminal cases in the legal and judicial systems of Afghanistan.

Book 10  -  Max Planck Manual on the Special Part of Afghan Criminal Law By: Firuz Mahmoodi Janaki 

Title: رهنمود ماکس پلانک برای حقوق جزای اختصاصی افغانستان

Author/s: Firuz Mahmoodi Janaki

Publisher: The German Federation Foreign Office

Publication Year: 2012

Publication Place: [Kabul]

Edition: Second

Call No: LAW KNF 3794.31975 J.36 2012

Language: Dari

Reference/citation/bibliography: The book does not have any citation, but used Afghan codes and other useful resources

Audience: Law students and lawyers  

Geographic Area: Afghanistan

Accuracy: The author is expert in criminal law and teaches law; also the book is a project of Max Planck Institute

Special Features: Table of cases and discussions

 

Summary: The manual presents scholastic and well organized discussions on two major sections of crimes; crimes against person and public security and describes them based on Afghan criminal law and Sharia, additionally pointed out the weak points of codes in both of crimes. The author tried to discuss each crime and its related elements such as abortion and treason with specific examples. However; although, the author established the weak points based on legal and Sharia principals but did not use the jurisdiction of Afghan courts; especially the commentaries of the Supreme Court in order to know the view points of the Court and analyze the practical orders. 

Book 11  -  Comparative Criminal Procedure By: Stephen C. Thaman 

Title: Comparative Criminal Procedure

Author/s: Stephen C. Thaman

Publisher: Carolina Academic Press

Publication Year: 2008

Publication Place: Durham, North Carolina

Edition: Second

Call No: LAW KJC 9405 .T52 2008

Language: English

Reference/citation/bibliography: Included citations, indexes, glossary and appendix

Audience: Lawyers and law students

Geographic Area: Italy, Great Britain, Germany, Russia, Spain and France

Accuracy: The author is professor of law

Special Features: Comparative study of criminal procedure

 

Summary: A comparative study in criminal procedure of six countries, Russia, France, Italy, Spain, Germany and England. In this book the writer tried to focus on the role of prosecutors, judicial police, judges and victim in criminal procedure of the mentioned states. The author used the jurisprudence of the supreme court of these countries as case study in criminal cases. 

 

 

Book 12  -  Transnational Organized Crime By: David McClean 

Title: Transnational Organized Crime 

Author/s: David McClean

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Publication Year: 2007

Publication Place: Oxford

Edition: First

Call No: LAW K 5240 .M38 2007

Language: English

Reference/citation/bibliography: Included footnotes

Audience: Lawyers and international law students

Geographic Area: Universal

Accuracy: The author is an emeritus professor of international law

Special Features: The author used international conventions

 

Summary: Transnational organized crime, by David McClean is a comprehensive source on transnational organized crimes which discusses, analyses and represents the actions and legislation of the United Nations and its implementation in different countries. McClean in this companion analyses the criminalization of money-laundering, corruption, human trafficking and other transnational crimes, as well as he discussed other important measures to prevent such crimes.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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