War Crimes

INTERNATIONAL CRIME AND JUSTICE, pp. 321-328, Mangai Natarajan, ed., Cambridge University Press, 2011

Florida International University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 10-04

Posted: 1 Feb 2011 Last revised: 28 May 2015

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Noah Weisbord

Independent

Carla Reyes

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law

Date Written: January 1, 2011

Abstract

The history of international humanitarian law might be - and has been - told as a story of barbarity to civilization whereby enlightened individuals recognize the awfulness of war and, against adversity, manage to curtail it with law. This history has also been presented as a tragedy where reason struggles to control violence and fails. This chapter, by contrast, attempts to identify the tensions between proscription and prescription, humanitarianism and patriotism, and law and politics, which have run deep through the field of humanitarian law from its early inception. It makes the point that humanitarian law, which at first appears to be a principled constraint on war, is intricately entwined with it.

Keywords: International humanitarian law, war crimes, proscription, prescription, humanitarianism, patriotism, law, politics.

Suggested Citation

Weisbord, Noah and Reyes, Carla, War Crimes (January 1, 2011). INTERNATIONAL CRIME AND JUSTICE, pp. 321-328, Mangai Natarajan, ed., Cambridge University Press, 2011 , Florida International University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 10-04, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1752435

Carla Reyes

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 750116
Dallas, TX 75275
United States

HOME PAGE: https://www.smu.edu/Law/Faculty/Profiles/Reyes-Carla-L

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