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].
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