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The Rise and Fall of War Crimes Trials
From Charles I to Bush II
by Charles Anthony Smith

RRP €87.95

The Rise and Fall of War Crimes Trials
From Charles I to Bush II
by Author Name Charles Anthony Smith

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List Price:87.95
Format: Hardback, 228 x 152 x 19mm, 328pp
Publication date: 09 Apr 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN-13: 9781107023543


This book is the first comprehensive analysis of the politics of war crimes trials. It provides a systematic and theoretically rigorous examination of whether these trials are used as tools for political consolidation or whether justice is their primary purpose. The consideration of cases begins with the trial of Charles I of England and goes through the presidency of George W. Bush, including the trials of Saddam Hussein and those arising from the War on Terror. The book concludes that political consolidation is the primary concern of these trials - a point that runs contrary to the popular perception of the trials and their stated justification. Through the consideration of war crimes trials, this book makes a contribution to our understanding of power and conflict resolution and illuminates the developmental path of war crimes tribunals.


'... Smith's work is informative and well written, deserving of review and contemplation by any interested in the subject matter.' Matthew Kane, International Affairs


1. Introduction; 2. Antecedents and origins of war crimes tribunals; 3. The institutionalization of war crimes tribunals; 4. Domestication of war crimes tribunals; 5. Third-party war crimes tribunals; 6. Globalization of war crimes tribunals through the International Criminal Court; 7. The fall of war crimes tribunals: Afghanistan, Iraq, and the war on terror; 8. Conclusion.

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  • Illustrations: black & white illustrations