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The Trial of the Kaiser$
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William A. Schabas

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198833857

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198833857.001.0001

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The Power of the Beaten Path

The Power of the Beaten Path

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(p.1) 1 The Power of the Beaten Path
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The Trial of the Kaiser
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William A. Schabas

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198833857.003.0001

The introductory chapter explains contemporary interest in legal developments a century ago. Discussions and decisions at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 were the beginning of debates that continue to this day. The chapter looks in some detail at the criminality of starting a war, today known as the crime of aggression, the immunity that can be invoked by a Head of State like the Kaiser, and problems of attributing criminal responsibility to those who are not physically involved in the crime. It also addresses the creation of international criminal tribunals, which began with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

Keywords:   aggression, immunity, war crimes, crimes against humanity, criminal liability, international criminal courts, Paris Peace Conference

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