Guest researcher: Mark S. Berlin from the University of California, Irvine, USA

Mark S. Berlin analyzes why international crimes are incorporated into the domestic legal systems of states.

In his dissertational project “Criminalizing Atrocity: The Worldwide Spread of International Crimes to Domestic Legal Systems, 1948-2010”, Mark S. Berlin deals with the issue of how and why states, by modifying their domestic laws, enable courts to prosecute international crimes more effectively.

For this purpose he constructs an original dataset that tracks the global spread of national criminal statues against four types of international crimes: war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity, and torture. He aims to paint a new picture of how the international criminal justice regime has developed since the end of World War II.

From August until December, Mark S. Berlin will work closely with the researchers from Research Department II (headed by Professor Christopher Daase).

His stay is made possible by a fellowship from the School of Social Sciences at the University of California, Irvine.