Introduction

The intent of the Canadian war crimes trials was to show that, notwithstanding Clausewitz, there are restraints on warfare. These trials restated the principle that military excesses are morally unjustified and should be punished. Such notions of justice are by no means unique to Canada; rather, the...

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Published in: Casual Slaughters and Accidental Judgments p. xv
Main Author: PATRICK BRODE
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: University of Toronto Press 05-29-2015
Subjects:
Law
War
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Summary: The intent of the Canadian war crimes trials was to show that, notwithstanding Clausewitz, there are restraints on warfare. These trials restated the principle that military excesses are morally unjustified and should be punished. Such notions of justice are by no means unique to Canada; rather, they may be viewed as part of a modern trend to compel soldiers to bear responsibility for their actions, to demonstrate that force is controlled not only by treaties but also by actions. Recognized rules of warfare have existed since ancient Greece and Rome, but they rarely seem to have extended beyond the occasional
ISBN: 9781442652330
1442652330
DOI: 10.3138/j.ctt15jjf1r.6