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The Law of War Crimes

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ISBN13: 9789041102737
ISBN: 9041102736
Published: June 1998
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
Format: Hardback
Price: £153.00



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This text on war crimes asks whether we are any closer to achieving the promise of Nuremberg.;Interest in the law of war crimes has resurged in the wake of several recent tragedies, including genocide in Rwanda, ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia, and Pol Pot's killing fields in Cambodia. The Law of War Crimes is an important contribution in this field of renewed significance for international and domestic law and brings together a group of leading scholars and practitioners in international criminal law.;In two introductory chapters, the editors discuss the philosophical and political implications of war crimes jurisprudence as well as the surprisingly rich and unexpected historical record of previous war crimes trials. A sequence of four chapters follows in which legislative and judicial approaches to war crimes in national settings are explored. The concluding essays focus on war crimes regimes in international law. In this section, the authors anticipate future developments, such as the Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the proposed Permanent International Criminal Court, and revisit the Nuremberg and Tokyo war crimes trials from a contemporary perspective.

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Contents:
1. War Crimes: A Critical Introduction.
2. From Sun Tzu to the Sixth Committee: The Evolution of an International Criminal Law Regime.
3. The Politics of Prosecution: European National Approaches to War Crimes.
4. Enforcing the Lessons of History: Israel Judges the Holocaust.
5. All Pity Choked With Fell Deeds: Australia's War Crimes Trials.
6. Laudable Principles Lacking Application: The Prosecution of War Criminals in Canada.
7. Nuremberg and Tokyo in Contemporary Perspective.
8. Atrocity and its Prosecution: The ad hoc Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.
9. Achieving the Promise of Nuremberg: A New International Criminal Law Regime?