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Making sense of mass atrocity

Author: Mark Osiel
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Document   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"'Who done it?' is not the first question that comes to mind when seeking to make sense of mass atrocity. So brazen are the leader-culprits in their apologetics for the harms, so wrenching the human destruction clearly wrought and meticulously documented by many credible sources. Yet in legal terms, mass atrocity remains disconcertingly elusive. The perversity of its perpetrators is polymorphic, impeding criminal  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: (OCoLC)269282230
(OCoLC)320493673.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Osiel
ISBN: 9780521861854 0521861853 051159657X 9780511596575
OCLC Number: 269282230
Description: xviii, 257 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The challenge of prosecuting mass atrocity --
The responsibility of superiors --
Participating in a criminal enterprise --
Defining the criminal enterprise --
The bureaucracy of murder --
Culpability, character, and context in mass atrocity --
Must national prosecutions serve global concerns? --
The conflicting incentives of national and international prosecutors --
Collective sanctions for collective wrong --
The collective responsibility of military officers --
Being economical with amnesty.
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This book trenchantly diagnoses the law's limits in making sense of mass atrocity.  Read more...

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Review of the hardback: 'The law's confrontation with mass evil is the urgent focus of Mark Osiel's engrossing, compelling, and wholly original book. Ranging from Dachau to Darfur, Cambodia and South Read more...

 
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