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Perpetrators of International Crimes: Theories, Methods, and Evidence

Alette Smeulers, Maartje Weerdesteijn, and Barbora Holá


Scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds have studied why perpetrators of international crimes commit these horrendous acts. Initially, historians and psychologists focused on this debate, which was heavily centred on the Second World War. Over the years, scholars with more diverse disciplinary backgrounds, studying a wide array of cases, using both qualitative and quantitative research methods, began to investigate perpetrators of international crimes and terrorism. Recently, this multi- and interdisciplinary debate has become known as perpetrator studies. This is the first book to ta ... More

Keywords: perpetrators, research, methods, theories, evidence, international crimes, genocide, terrorism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198829997
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198829997.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alette Smeulers, editor
Professor of Criminal Law and Criminology of International Crimes, University of Groningen

Maartje Weerdesteijn, editor
Assistant Professor, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Barbora Holá, editor
Senior Researcher at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) and Associate Professor, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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Alette Smeulers, Barbora Holá, and Maartje Weerdesteijn

Part I Perpetrator Studies

2 Theories, Methods, and Evidence

Alette Smeulers, Barbora Holá, and Maartje Weerdesteijn

Part II Reflecting on Methods and Sources

5 Studying ‘Perpetrators’ through the Lens of the Criminal Trial

Thijs B. Bouwknegt and Adina-Loredana Nistor

Part III Studying Perpetration

6 Perpetration as a Process

Uğur Ümit Üngör

8 Beyond Perpetrators

Erin Jessee

Part IV Studying Perpetrators: Case Studies

Part V Studying Perpetrators on Trial: Case Studies

13 Nothing Must Remain

Caroline Fournet

14 Plausible Deniability

Iva Vukušić

15 Perpetrators on Trial

Mirza Buljubašić and Barbora Holá*

Concluding Thoughts

Alette Smeulers

End Matter