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By Mark Lattimer

The purpose of this ebook is to evaluate contemporary advancements in foreign legislation trying to deliver an finish to impunity by means of bringing to justice these accused of warfare crimes and crimes opposed to humanity.

The essays during this quantity, written via across the world acknowledged criminal specialists - students, practitioners, judges - discover a variety of matters, together with immunities, justice in overseas and combined courts, justice in nationwide courts, and in a very useful part, views provided by way of skilled practitioners within the box.

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Vengeance is not our goal, nor do we seek merely a just retribution. We ask this Court to affirm by 03 Latt&Sands ch 1 28/3/03 1:20 pm Page 37 From Nuremberg to Rome: a Personal Account 37 international penal action man’s right to live in peace and dignity regardless of his race or creed. The case we present is a plea of humanity to law. After outlining the proof to be presented, I concluded: ‘The defendants in the dock were the cruel executioners, whose terror wrote the blackest page in human history.

This leads to some uncomfortable conclusions: for example, one could speculate that if the Tribunal had issued indictments against NATO personnel over incidents in the Kosovan war, it might have seriously undermined Western support for the Tribunal and possibly compromised the whole project of international criminal justice, including the International Criminal Court. Much has been written on the increasingly vociferous hostility of the United States to the ICC,25 which most often dwells on the threat of politically-motivated prosecutions against US personnel.

After digging up bodies of American flyers murdered by enraged German mobs, I prepared reports identifying the suspects and listing the laws of war that had been violated. Witnesses were ordered to write out a complete description of the criminal event—under penalty of being shot. Confessions from accused were obtained by similar persuasions—even though they were usually rewritten under more sympathetic circumstances before being validated by an officer who would offer it in evidence. It was a grisly assignment.

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