Law, War and Crime is a substantial scholarly achievement, and I hope it will be politically influential, not so. .
Law, War and Crime is a substantial scholarly achievement, and I hope it will be politically influential, not so much for any specific position the book espouses, but for its sophistication, care and humanity. Gerry Simpson has lawyerly intellectual virtues that are sorely needed by the international community as it begins to institutionalize criminal law. Simpson writes with discipline instead of mere fervor, and skillfully mediates between factual detail and grand theme.
Law, War and Crime book.
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
By: Simpson, Gerry J. Material type: BookPublisher: Cambridge : Polity, . 007.
By: Simpson, Gerry J. 007Description: ix, 225 p. ; 24 c. SBN: 9780745630229 (hb. ISSN: 0745630227 (hb. ; 9780745630236 (pb. ; 0745630235 (pb. Tags from this library: No tags from this library for this title.
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.
Gerry Simpson Is Professor of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Country of Publication.
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A war crime is an act that constitutes a serious violation of the laws of war that gives rise to individual criminal responsibility.
Simpson argues that the field of war crimes is constituted by anumber of tensions between, for example, politics and law, localjustice and cosmopolitan reckoning, collective guilt and individualresponsibility, and between the instinct that war, at worst, is anerror and the conviction that war is a crime.
Written in the wake of an extraordinary period in the life ofthe law, the book asks a number of critical questions. What does itmean to talk about war in the language of the criminal law? Whatare the consequences of seeking to criminalise the conduct of one'senemies? How did this relatively new phenomenon of putting on trialperpetrators of mass atrocity and defeated enemies come intoexistence? This book seeks to answer these important questionswhilst shedding new light on the complex relationship between law,war and crime.