1 The Italian invasion and occupation of Ethiopia (1935–41) involved acts recognized at the time as violations of international law, and as war crimes. Although several Italian military and civilian officials were listed as war criminals by the United Nations War Crimes Commission (‘UNWCC’), none was ever prosecuted for these events: a striking outcome even given the highly selective justice of the era. 2 This impunity was largely a result of the Eurocentric civilizational hierarchies (Civilized Nations) which had left Ethiopia vulnerable to Italian invasion in...
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