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The Law of International Responsibility edited by Crawford, James; Pellet, Alain; Olleson, Simon; Parlett (Assistant), Kate (20th May 2010)

Part III The Sources of International Responsibility, Ch.18 The Rules of Attribution: General Considerations

Luigi Condorelli, Claus Kress

From: The Law of International Responsibility

Edited By: James Crawford, Alain Pellet, Simon Olleson, Kate Parlett (Assistant)

Subject(s):
Responsibility of states — Wrongful acts — Responsibility of international organizations — Circumstances precluding wrongfulness — Attribution — Armed conflict, international — Individual criminal responsibility — War crimes
By all accounts, none of the subjects of international law belonging to the genus of collective entities (States, international organizations, etc) is able to carry out its activities, whatever they may be, other than through individuals. ‘Attribution’ (or ‘imputation’) is the term used to denote the legal operation having as its function to establish whether given conduct of a physical person, whether consisting of a positive action or an omission, is to be characterized, from the point of view of international law, as an ‘act of the State’ (or the act of any...
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