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Crimes and Accountability in Shakespeare*

Theodor Meron

in War Crimes Law Comes of Age

Published in print January 1999 | ISBN: 9780198268567
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683534 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268567.003.0003
Crimes and Accountability in Shakespeare*

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This chapter shows how, in his works, Shakespeare dealt with crimes committed or ordered by leaders, as well as such related, but different, concepts as the arrogance of power; constraints on the prince's power; commitment versus interest; the leader's special responsibility; command responsibility; superior orders and the responsibility of the ruler's advisers and intermediaries; responsibility for thought alone; the observance of forms of law; capitulation to pressure to commit crimes; Richard III as a Machiavellian prince; and responsibility for war crimes such as the massacre of French prisoners of war at Agincourt.

Keywords: power; crimes; special responsibility; command responsibility; Richard III; war crimes

Chapter.  24727 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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