Journal Article

Who is Afraid of Punishing Aggressors?

Danilo Zolo

in Journal of International Criminal Justice

Volume 5, issue 4, pages 799-807
Published in print September 2007 | ISSN: 1478-1387
Published online September 2007 | e-ISSN: 1478-1395 | DOI:
Who is Afraid of Punishing Aggressors?

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Since 1947, no alleged crime of aggression has ever been prosecuted, in spite of the many instances in which states have committed acts of aggression with the Security Council sometimes deeming an act to be such. A dual system of international criminal justice has taken shape slowly. Crimes consisting of serious violations of jus in bello, that is, war crimes, usually considered less egregious than the crime of aggression, have been severely prosecuted and punished, in particular by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Yet, the ‘supreme international crime’ — aggressive war — mostly committed by political and military authorities of major powers, has been ignored and its perpetrators still occupy the summit of international power undisturbed.

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Subjects: Criminal Law ; International Law

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