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Canadian Yearbook of International Law. Volume 23 (1985), p. 226-245.


The new criminal law amendment act 1985 was proclaimed into force on December 4, 1985. It has far-reaching goals. It seeks to take Canada's criminal justice system into the realm of contemporary criminal activities, and includes a wide range of crimes from domestic offences such as impaired driving and boating and computer crime to international concerns such as hostage-taking and offences against nuclear material. The Act is mammoth, comprising 212 sections and five annexes. The aim of this short analysis is to discuss only the main provisions that concern international criminal law, notably the offence of hostage-taking and offences against nuclear material.

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