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War Crimes Research Guide   Tags: criminal, international, war crimes  

Last Updated: Oct 27, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Introduction & Places to Start

This guide identifies basic sources for researching the legal aspects of war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity.

Although the term "war crime" is often used to describe any atrocity committed in the course of an armed conflict, terms such as war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity are narrowly defined by law. A defendant can be accused of the war crime of rape, or the crime against humanity of rape. Likewise, unlawful wartime killing may be a war crime, a crime against humanity, or possibly genocide. To explore the legal intricacies of these crimes, see the Elements of Crimes from the International Criminal Court.

If you are new to this area of research, two good background sources to consult are International Criminal Law by Ilias Bantekas and Susan Nash [K5165 .B35 2007] and An Introduction to International Criminal Law and Procedure by Robert Cryer [K5000 .I587 2007].

Search Many Primary and Secondary Sources at Once

  • WestlawNext
    International Materials on WestlawNext
  • LexisNexis
    Try searching Legal > Area of Law - By Topic > International Law> Search Human Rights Materials
  • LexisAdvance
    Select International Law from the Practice Area pulldown underneath the search box.
    Click on the Browse Topics tab in the upper right. For each subtopic you can: get documents and search these documents, add the topic to a search, create an alert or add to favorites.

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