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Part VII Accountability/Liability for Violations of the Law in Armed Conflict, Ch.29 War Crimes and Other International ‘Core’ Crimes

Paola Gaeta

From: The Oxford Handbook of International Law in Armed Conflict

Edited By: Andrew Clapham, Paola Gaeta, Tom Haeck (Assistant Editor), Alice Priddy (Assistant Editor)

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 24 February 2024

Crimes against humanity — War crimes — Genocide — Geneva Conventions 1949
In a book published in 1945, Manfred Lachs, writing ‘under the strain of active military service’ during World War II, noticed that ‘[w]ar crimes may appear a minor issue in this deadly conflict’. He pointed out, however, that ‘the manner in which the problem is resolved might become a great precedent’ for, he explained, raising international law ‘to the height it deserves’, ‘[t]he principle that crime does not pay must become law, not only in the everyday life of an individual, but also in inter-State relations’.1 This he wrote before the adoption of the London...
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