“...one of the few publications that is entirely devoted to the topic of sentencing in international criminal justice.
The author's quantitative analysis of sentencing data provides for some interesting conclusions [and] the book's inclusion of both doctrinal and empirical research provides a balanced account of sentencing in international criminal law. It will be of assistance to practitioners, academics and students of the discipline.” – Melissa Hacking,
The Cambridge Law Journal, 71(3)
“J. Frank Dobie, the renowned Texan author, once wrote that the 'average PhD thesis is nothing but a transference of bones from one graveyard to another'. Dobie apparently viewed the majority of student theses as academic requirements, destined to collect dust in a campus repository...Thankfully, the theses drafted by Sarah Williams and Silvia D'Ascoli were not destined for such a fate, finding a saviour in Hart Publishing, which incorporated the texts into its Studies in International and Comparative Criminal Law Series.
...both books contribute greatly to areas of international criminal law in need of further treatment [and] each should be proud to have contributed in a meaningful way to this emerging body of jurisprudence.
Joint review of 'Hybrid and Internationalised Criminal Tribunals' by Sarah Williams and 'Sentencing in International Criminal Law' by Silvia D'Ascoli” – Matthew Kane,
International Affairs, 88:5, 2012
“In this book, Silvia D'Ascoli provides a detailed and comprehensive account of the legal foundations and principles for sentencing in international criminal law. However, the work extends far beyond this, because it also contains some invaluable empirical research on international sentencing, and sets out some novel proposals for a more principled and consistent approach to solving the problems faced in sentencing those individuals who have committed some of the most heinous of crimes.
There is no doubt that it is an important contribution to the literature on international sentencing, particularly in its treatment of normative foundations and principles
...a significant and scholarly piece of work which does much to advance our knowledge in this area. This reviewer has no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Silvia D'Ascoli's book as compulsory reading for anyone with a serious interest in international sentencing.” – Ralph Henham,
The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, Volume 51, Number 2, May 2012