Unlike most of the allied countries at the end of the Second World War, Canada never ratified the Agreement that established the Nuremberg Tribunal. Nor was it particularly interested in domestic war crimes prosecutions. Decades later, stung by an important report that suggested the country had become a haven for Nazi war criminals, Canada's Parliament enacted bold legislation enabling the exercise of universal jurisdiction. Since then, Canada has been a major player in international criminal law. Its courts have developed a significant body of case law.
Dr Fannie Lafontaine of Laval University has just published Prosecuting Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes in Canadian Courts with Carswell in Toronto. Her book immediately becomes the leading authority. This is a great addition to the library of any professional interested in domestic prosecution of atrocity crimes. It exhaustively analyses legislation implementing the Rome Statute that has become a model for many jurisdictions. Hopefully this book will circulate widely, well beyond Canada's borders.
The book is based on Dr Lafontaine's PhD thesis which she defended successfully last year at the National University of Ireland Galway.