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The Law of Command Responsibility$
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Guénaël Mettraux

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199559329

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199559329.001.0001

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Concluding Remarks: A Workable Standard of Liability for Superiors

Concluding Remarks: A Workable Standard of Liability for Superiors

(p.267) 12 Concluding Remarks: A Workable Standard of Liability for Superiors
The Law of Command Responsibility

Guenael Mettraux

Oxford University Press

This concluding chapter reviews the somewhat chaotic short history of the doctrine of command responsibility from its contentious beginning to today's state of the law. It discusses the outstanding challenges facing that body of rules, principles, and prohibitions. It reviews the ‘philosophical’ fight over the content and scope of the doctrine. It delineates the scope of that doctrine under customary international law through its main elements, providing for a workable and clear definition of the modern doctrine of superior or command responsibility.

Keywords:   command responsibility, rules, principles, prohibitions, customary international law

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