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Acting Out Against Terrorism, Torture, And Other Atrocious Crimes: Contemplating Morality, Law, And History

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This chapter explores the history and concepts of prosecution and punishment for war crimes, crimes against humanity, torture, and terrorism. As for punishment, author reflects on war and terrorism as institutions of punishment in their own right. That is, war or terrorism are undertaken to punish the enemy. Also, brief analysis of the history and conceptualization of traditional punishment after a tribunal or other institution finds an individual guilty is provided. The chapter delves into the history and current law of war, terrorism and how they may function as punishment. It explores the historical role of prosecution and punishment for wars deemed illegal and punishment for illegal aspects of legal war. Its scope includes prosecution and punishment in relation to war and terrorism from antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Enlightenment, to the present time.

Keywords: atrocious crimes; humanity; illegal aspects; law of war; prosecution; punishment; terrorism; torture



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