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Berga: Soldiers of Another War
Stories of Berga What Would You Do? Timeline & Maps Berga and Beyond War Crimes
Intro POWs and the Laws of War WWII and Its Legacy
The Trials and Their Legacy
Intro Customary Laws WWII Atrocities International Tribunals

War Crimes Trials
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Slobodan Milosevic

Accused war criminal Slobodan Milosevic.
The horrific experiences of World War II profoundly transformed international law. As a result, the protection of the civilian population during warfare was elevated in importance and individual accountability for the commission of war crimes has become the norm. Indeed, the institution of war-crimes trials that strive to ensure individual accountability for both those who order and those who commit war crimes has come to shape public expectations for the resolution of conflict.

As a result of World War II, the notion of individual accountability for the commission of war crimes has become the norm.

And yet even as the international community continues to embrace these norms, challenges exist. War criminals remain at large; the international community continues to be slow to react to violations of the Geneva Conventions. Simultaneously, important questions continue to challenge the force of these important international treaties, as countries across the globe assess the relationship between a nation's sovereignty, its commitment to international law, and its mechanisms for accountability.


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The Avalon Project at Yale Law School: The Laws of War

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