Bibliography, criminal law of  Latin-American Countries; bliographie, droit pénal des pays de l'Amérique latine

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Latin-American Countries / Pays de l'Amérique Latine

AMBOS, Kai, "Les pays d'Amérique latine", dans Antonio Cassese et Mireille Delmas-Marty, Juridictions nationales et crimes internationaux, Paris : Presses universitaires de France, 2002, vi, 673 p., aux pp. 479-520, ISBN: 2130526926; copie à la Bibliothèque de l'Université d'Ottawa, FTX General, K 5036 .C37 2002;

ALVAREZ, Alejandro E., "La réforme de la procédure pénale em Amérique latine", disponible à (vérifié le 5 févtier 2008);

BISCHOFF, James L. Note, "Reforming the criminal procedure system in Latin America", (2003)  9 Tex. Hispanic J.L. & Pol'y 27-53;

CANALS, Jose M. and Henry Dahl, translated by, "Standard Penal Code for Latin America", (1990) 17 American Journal of Criminal Law 263-282; available at; see articles 19 to 22; note de recherche: pour une traduction française du Code pénal type latino-américain, voir RAMIREZ, infra;

CHIESA, Luis E., "The Rise of Spanish and Latin American Criminal Theory", (August 2008) 11(3) New Criminal Law Review 363–383;

DAHL, Henry, "The Influence and Application of the Standard Penal Code for Latin America", (1990) 17 American Journal of Criminal Law 235-262;

DAVID, Pedro, "Jerome Hall and Latin American Legal Philosophers: An Overall Perspective" in Edward M. Wise and Gerhard O.W. Mueller, eds., Studies in Comparative Criminal Law, Springfield (Illinois): Charles C. Thomas, 1975, x, 328 p., chapter 16 at  pp. 292-301, (series; Publications of the Criminal Law Education and Research Center; vol. 11), ISBN: 0398031681;

FONTANET-MALDONADO, J., "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: The Human Rights Revolution and the Criminal Reform Process in Latin America", (April - June 2003) 64(2) Revista del Colegio de Abogados de Puerto Rico 16-33;

GRAVEN, J., "Vers un code pénal-type de l'Amérique latine", (1964) 18(1) Revue internationale de criminologie et de police technique 149-153; copie à la bibliothèque de la Cour suprême du Canada, Ottawa;

LEMGRUBER, Julita, "Syntèse régionale pour l'Amérique latine", Conférence internationale sur la réforme pénale
Royal Holloway College, Université de Londres, Egham, Comté de Surrey, Royaume Uni, 13-17 avril 1999; disponible à (visité le 14 mai 2006);

RAMIREZ, Juan Bustos and  Manuel Valenzuela Bejas, Le système pénal des pays d'Amérique latine (avec référence au Code pénal type latino-américain),  Traduit de l'espagnol par Jacqueline Bernat De Celis, Paris: Éditions A. Pedone, 1983, 159 p., ISBN: 2233001184;

RANK, Richard, The criminal justice systems of the Latin-American nations : a bibliography of the primary and secondary literature, South Hackensack, N.J. : F. B. Rothman, 1974, xxxiii, 540 p. (series; Publications of Criminal Law Education and Research Center, New York University; volume 11), ISBN:  083771026X;

SIEBER, Ulrich, The Punishment of Serious Crimes, Freiburg: Edition Iuscrim, 2004, 2 vol.s (276 and 570 p.), ISBN: 3861138859;

A comparative analysis of sentencing law and practice

This two-volume publication contains the Expert Report and the annexed country reports cited in the Dragan Nikolic judgment delivered on 18 December 2003 by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). In this case, the commander of a detention camp in Bosnia pleaded guilty to numerous crimes committed in 1992. Among other offences, he admitted to murdering detainees by means of severe physical abuse or simply by shooting them, to torturing detainees by beating them with axe handles and iron bars, and to allowing women to be taken out of the camp and subjected to sexual assaults, including rape.

 In its pursuit of a just punishment in this case, the Dragan Nikolic sentencing judgment has become a milestone in the jurisprudence of international sentencing. With a view towards both comparative and criminological  methods, the ICTY approached Prof. Dr. Ulrich Sieber with a request to address in an expert report questions such as: What would the applicable sentencing range be if the accused had been sentenced according to the criminal laws of the various republics of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY)? What  would the corresponding sentencing ranges be in other European and non-European countries for the serious crimes to which the accused peaded gulity? To what extent would the accused's guilty plea be considered a  mitigating factor in the sentencing of serious crimes in each of the legal systems considered? And: What concrete sentences would judges on the territory of the former SFRY impose today on the basis of current law?

For the analysis of international sentencing law and sentencing practice, Prof. Sieber and his collaborators at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law carried out in-depth research on the legal situation between 1992 and 2003 in the states on the territory of the former Yugoslavia. In addition, the  researchers conducted interviews with judges from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, and Montenegro. With respect to sentencing law in other parts of the world, 23 country reports were specifically prepared for this study, dealing primarily with legal systems in Europe, but also with countries in North and South America, Australia, Asia, and Africa." (source:, accessed on 10 July 2004);

VOGLER, Richard, 1950-, A world view of criminal justice, Aldershot (Hants, England)/ Burlington (Vermont) : Ashgate,  c2005, vi, 330 p., and see Chapter 8, "Chapter 8, "The Great Due Process Revolution: Adversariality in Europe and Latin America", at pp. 157-175; (series; International and comparative criminal justice), ISBN: 0754624676; copy at the Library of the Supreme Court of Canada, K5001 V64 2005;

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