Can Sovereigns Be Brought to Justice? The Crime of Genocide's Evolution and the Meaning of the Milosevic Trial

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Michael J. Kelly

Creighton University School of Law; American Bar Association, Business Law Section; American Society of International Law

Abstract

This paper tracks the evolution of genocide from an accepted wartime practice in antiquity to an international crime today and the concommitant effort to hold sovereigns accountable for commission of genocide. The trial of Slobodan Milosevic in The Hague is analyzed as the first prosecution of a head of state for genocide.

Keywords: Milosevic, genocide, crime against humanity, Holocaust, sovereign immunity, war crimes, Yugoslavia, Bosnia, Srebrenica, tribunal, Rwanda, Bangledesh, Tutsi, Hutu, Ukraine, famine, Stalin, Hitler, Armenian genocide, Second World War, Burundi, Cambodia, Pol Pot, Kosovo, ethnic cleansing

Suggested Citation

Kelly, Michael J., Can Sovereigns Be Brought to Justice? The Crime of Genocide's Evolution and the Meaning of the Milosevic Trial. St. John's Law Review, Vol. 76, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=920900

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