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Theories of Liability in International Criminal Law

Learn the theories under which someone can be responsible for a wrongful act committed by himself or someone else.


I.            International Criminal Law

Most of international law deals with the responsibilities of states to one another. Even when citizens are involved, the responsibility is generally owed to the citizen’s state, not to the individual. International criminal law, however, is unique. It focuses on the individual responsibility of people when they contribute to violations of international law.

There are several mechanisms for prosecuting those who violate...