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Accountability for Crimes against International Law in Canada: an Overview and a Comparison with UK Practices

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This chapter presents a general overview of the principal legal steps taken by Canada in moving from a culture of impunity to a culture of accountability in the field of crimes against international law, and undertakes a comparative study of practices in the United Kingdom. It deals primarily with the prosecution in these states of those suspected of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide when the suspects are originally from other countries and commit these crimes in other states. There is a need for coherence between the internal and external manifestations of the two countries' international criminal justice policy. If we consider the foreign policy of both countries in this field, the question arises as to whether Canada and the UK are not only legally bound to fight against impunity within their borders, but whether they are also under a strong moral obligation towards the international community.

Keywords: Canada; crimes; culture of accountability; foreign policy; genocide; international criminal justice policy; international law; United Kingdom



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