Collective Responsibility and Post-Conflict Justice
Mark A. Drumbl
Washington and Lee University - School of Law
May 6, 2010
Washington & Lee Legal Studies Paper No. 2010-5
How best to secure justice in the aftermath of mass atrocity? International criminal tribunals – and courtrooms and jailhouses generally – have emerged as influential accountability mechanisms. Yet the justice pursued by international criminal tribunals, although tangible, also is strikingly under-inclusive. These limitations suggest that adequately redressing collective violence might contemplate a discursive shift to inclusively incorporating other accountability mechanisms, including collective forms of responsibility. Collective responsibility implies non-criminal sanctions that attach to groups whose misfeasance or nonfeasance is supportive of, acquiescent in, causally connected to, or necessary for serious violations of international criminal law to occur. This paper examines what collective responsibility mechanisms might look like; what ends they might serve; what dangers they pose; and how they might contribute to a more robust instantiation of post-conflict justice.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 32
Keywords: International Courts, International Organizations, International Criminal Tribunals, Post-Conflict Justice
JEL Classification: K10, K14, K33
Date posted: May 10, 2010
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