Domestic war crimes trials : only for "others" ? : bridging national and international criminal law
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University of Western Australia law review, Vol. 39, issue 1, June 2015, p. 29-50
In the context of most discussions around the potential of prosecutions to contribute to strengthening compliance with international humanitarian law, there is a common focus on the international level. This paper argues that national trials of a state’s own nationals can and should play a more important role in increasing compliance with international humanitarian law, but that common deceptive perceptions and a marked reluctance to bring war crimes charges against one’s own nationals have obstructed the realisation of the full potential of such proceedings.