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War crimes and justice : a reference handbook
Ball, Howard, 1937-
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Publication Information:
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, [2002]

Physical Description:
xvi, 259 pages ; 24 cm.
Introduction -- The pursuit of justice -- International laws of war -- People and events -- Major treaties and reports -- Directory of nongovernmental and governmental organizations -- Selected print and nonprint resources.
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K5301 .B35 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A thorough introduction to the laws of war, the savagery of war crimes, and the international system that demands justice.

* Includes coverage of key people and trials including World War II, Vietnam, and the recent war in Kosovo

* Provides speeches, reports, and edited trial transcripts from cases involving war crimes

Author Notes

Howard Ball is professor of law at Vermont Law School, South Royalton, VT, and professor of political science and University Scholar Emeritus at the University of Vermont, Burlington, VT. His published works include ABC-CLIO's The USA Patriot Act and U.S. Homeland Security .

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Like other titles in the Contemporary World Issues series, this one joins background text with A^-Z entries for people and events, primary documents, a directory of organizations, and resource lists.

Choice Review

Prolific author Ball (Univ. Scholar and Political Science emeritus, Univ. of Vermont) addresses a fundamental human rights issue--war crimes. As part of the ABC-CLIO "Contemporary World Issues" series, the book is designed to provide a comprehensive, unbiased introduction to its topic through a set format (featuring an introductory essay, chronology, biographies, documents, resource listing, and glossary). The two initial chapters trace the evolution of the legal status of war crimes, one of the earliest components of international law, and examine contemporary war crimes and their legal punishment (nicely conveyed through the book's cover photo of former Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic in the docket before the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia). Especially valuable are the legal documents and a section on the new international Criminal Court (which includes the vigorous and controversial US opposition). Other elements, however, seem uneven. Genocide and crimes against humanity are conflated with war crimes. The selected biographies include the obvious (Henri Dunant, founder of the Red Cross) and the inexplicable (Henry Morgenthau Jr., treasury secretary for F.D. Roosevelt). More informed readers may well prefer Ball's previous work, Prosecuting War Crimes and Genocide: The Twentieth Century (1999). ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers, lower-division undergraduates and two-year technical program students. N. N. Haanstad Weber State University