In this book, Professor Islam examines the quest of Bangladesh for transition from its violent past to the peaceful future through judicial trials of atrocities committed during its liberation war in 1971. These international crimes trials, held under a domestic legislation, are uniquely distinct from international or hybrid international criminal trials. The book is a ground-breaking research work on the first such trials in the ICC era. It comprehensively analyses the hardcore legal issues contested in the tribunals and their judicial expositions reflected in all trial, appeal, and review judgments delivered as at the end of 2018. The author shows how the national law and judgments can be a conduit to import international law to enrich and harmonise the domestic law of Bangladesh; and whether the Bangladesh experience creates precedential effect for such future trials, offers lessons for the ICC complementarity, and contributes to the progressive development of Asian and international criminal jurisprudence.
M Rafiqul Islam, LLM, PhD (Monash Transitional Justice as Reflected in Judgments University, Australia), MA Economics, LLB with first class (University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh), is Professor of Law and Director of Law Higher Degree Research (PhD and MPhil) at Macquarie University Law School, Sydney, Australia. He has extensive teaching and research experience on various aspects of public international law and published many monographs, edited books, book chapters,
journal articles, and newspaper articles. His major publications in the main include: International Trade Law of the WTO (Oxford University Press, 2006); An Introduction to International Refugee Law (Brill/Martinus Nijhoff, Leiden/Boston, 2013); and International Law: Current Concepts and Future Directions (LexisNexis Australia, 2014). His recent research interest and engagement is in international criminal law,