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War and War CrimesThe Military, Legitimacy and Success in Armed Conflict$
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James Gow

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199327027

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199327027.001.0001

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Strategy, War and Law

Strategy, War and Law

(p.1) 1 Strategy, War and Law
War and War Crimes

James Gow

Oxford University Press

This chapter serves as an introduction to the concept of war. It begins with a general definition of war, before shifting the focus to the various changes that occurred in warfare, such as its rules. From there the chapter turns to the issues of right and wrong in the conduct of war, before looking at the concept of war crimes. This discussion is further illustrated by several historical examples, including the ‘Baha Mousa’ case and the US marines’ shooting of an Iraqi civilian. Problems surrounding war crimes, and the defining relationship of war and war crimes, are discussed at the end of the chapter.

Keywords:   war, warfare, war crimes, Baha Mousa, conduct of war

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