Law, War and Crime
War Crimes Trials and the Reinvention of International Law
By (author) Gerry J. Simpson
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Law, War and Crime by Gerry J. Simpson
Book DescriptionFrom events at Nuremberg and Tokyo after World War II, to the recent trials of Slobodan Milosevic and Saddam Hussein, war crimes trials are an increasingly pervasive feature of the aftermath of conflict. In his new book, Law, War and Crime, Gerry Simpson explores the meaning and effect of such trials, and places them in their broader political and cultural contexts. The book traces the development of the war crimes field from its origins in the outlawing of piracy to its contemporary manifestation in the establishment of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Simpson argues that the field of war crimes is constituted by a number of tensions between, for example, politics and law, local justice and cosmopolitan reckoning, collective guilt and individual responsibility, and between the instinct that war, at worst, is an error and the conviction that war is a crime. Written in the wake of an extraordinary period in the life of the law, the book asks a number of critical questions. What does it mean to talk about war in the language of the criminal law? What are the consequences of seeking to criminalise the conduct of one's enemies? How did this relatively new phenomenon of putting on trial perpetrators of mass atrocity and defeated enemies come into existence? This book seeks to answer these important questions whilst shedding new light on the complex relationship between law, war and crime.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745630229
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Gerry J. Simpson
Hidden Histories of War Crimes Trials, Hardback (October 2013)
Several war crimes trials are well-known to scholars, but others have received far less attention. This book assesses a number of these little-studied trials to recognise institutional innovations, clarify doctrinal debates, and identify their general relevance to the development of international criminal law.
Law, War and Crime, Paperback (December 2007)
Law, War and Crime examines the meaning of war crime trials and their cultural and political effects. Gerry Simpson traces the development the origins of the war crimes field from the outlawing of piracy to contemporary war crimes trials, and situates the phenomenon in the context of broader social and political forces.
Great Powers and Outlaw States, Paperback (April 2004)» View all books by Gerry J. Simpson
Historical and legal analysis of Kosovo and Afghanistan wars and impact on global political order.
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Author Biography - Gerry J. Simpson
Gerry Simpson is Professor of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
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