Arresting Impunity: The Case for Universal Jurisdiction in Bringing War Criminals to Accountability

  title={Arresting Impunity: The Case for Universal Jurisdiction in Bringing War Criminals to Accountability},
  author={Christopher C. Joyner},
  journal={Law and contemporary problems},
  • C. Joyner
  • Published 1996
  • Political Science, Law
  • Law and contemporary problems
The war criminal sickens the conscience of civilized society.' War crimes are repulsive, heinous acts. War carried out under the most civilized laws of armed conflict is horrible, but its horrors are greatly exacerbated by those brutal acts of plunder, torture, rape, and murder that humanitarian laws of war forbid. Such vile acts affect not only those against whom they are perpetrated; they appall and offend all of humanity. Since war criminals often operate with the knowledge and assistance of… 
Terrorizing Civilians as a ‘Counter‐terrorist Operation’: Crimes and Impunity in Chechnya
This article addresses the problems arising from the impunity for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Chechnya. 1 International criminal jurisdiction over such crimes is impossible with
Crimes against humanity : "the accumulated evil of the whole"
Crimes Against Humanity “The accumulated evil of the whole” Caroline I. Fournet This thesis is a study o f international ‘core crimes’, namely, crimes against humanity, genocide, war crimes, and
Prosecution of grave violations of human rights in light of challenges of national courts and the intenational criminal court: The congolese dilemma
The war in the DRC has resulted in one of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis with over 3.4 million displaced persons scattered throughout the country. An estimated 4 million people have died as a
Imagining the International Community: The Constitutive Dimension of Universal Jurisdiction
The assertion of prescriptive and adjudicative universal jurisdictions by some countries in relation to a handful of offenses that are classified as international or universal crimes (e.g. genocide)
Child soldiers and distributive justice: addressing the limits of law?
This paper discusses the limitations of legal responses to the problem of child soldiery, beginning from the premise that the crime of using child soldiers is comprised of both the recruiter and the
Memory, Forgiveness and Unfinished Justice in the Former Yugoslavia
Abstract Drawing its examples from the case of the former Yugoslavia, the paper explores the difficult intersections of justice, memory and forgiveness where the present bears the traces of a violent
▪ Abstract In this essay, we survey the literature on international criminal tribunals and transitional justice. We argue that the literature has been dominated by two general orientations, a
The Necessity and Challenges of Establishing a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Rwanda
In countries emerging from periods of great political turmoil, particularly turmoil associated with gross violations of human rights, the question of how to deal with the past has been a crucial part
War Crimes in Internal Armed Conflicts
1. Towards a workable definition of internal armed conflicts 2. The laws and customs of war applicable in internal armed conflicts 3. The regime of war crimes 4. Individual criminal responsibility
The Islamic State of Horror – Who is Responsible for Atrocities Committed in the Territory of the Self-Declared Islamic State (Daesh)?
This article discusses international responsibility for atrocities committed in the territories controlled by the Islamic State, in Iraq and Syria, between 2014 and 2017. It suggests that the Islamic