war crime


war crime
war crime n: an act committed usu. during an international war for which individual criminal liability will be imposed by a domestic or international tribunal; specif: a violation of the laws or customs of war as embodied or recognized by international treaty, court decisions, or established practice
— usu. used in pl.
◇ Following World War II, the Charter of the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg first codified war crimes including crimes against humanity. Also encompassed in the legal concept of war crimes is the crime of planning or waging a war of aggression or a war in violation of international treaties.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

war crime
n.
During wartime, a violation of the laws of war. See also Geneva Conventions

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


war crime
a concept of international law that denotes prohibited activities even during the carnage of war. It includes crimes against humanity, genocide and mistreatment of civilians and captured combatants. The problem has been that familiar in international law of enforcement. The high point of recognition was in the Nuremberg trials of German politicians soldiers and others after the Second World War. In more recent times, the establishment of a war crimes tribunal, which has tried individuals during a state of conflict, has lent the concept a stronger core. It will be a successful legal construct when a soldier can disobey an order instructing a war crime without fear of penalty.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

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