War crimes (I): grave breaches

Christine Byron

in War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780719073892
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701942 | DOI:
War crimes (I): grave breaches

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This chapter discusses Article 8(1) and Article 8(2) of the Rome Statue. The discussion of Article 8(1) covers jurisdiction in respect of war crimes and differentiation between international and non-international armed conflicts under the Rome Statute. The discussion of Article 8(2) covers Article 8(2)(a) Persons or property protected under the ‘grave breach’ provisions of the Geneva Conventions; Article 8(2)(a)(i) Wilful killing; Article 8(2)(a)(ii) Torture or inhuman treatment; Article 8(2)(a)(iii) Wilfully causing great suffering; Article 8(2)(a)(iv) Destruction and appropriation of property; Article 8(2)(a)(v) Compelling service in hostile forces; Article 8(2)(a)(vi) Denying a fair trial; Article 8(2)(a)(vii) Unlawful deportation or confinement; and Article 8(2)(a)(viii) Taking of hostages.

Keywords: war crimes; armed conflict; Rome Statute; Article 8; Geneva Conventions; grave breach

Chapter.  23668 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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