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This introductory chapter talks about book whose aim is to analyse a number of issues, which emerge from the question of how can acts of deliberate destruction be prosecuted under international law. This study is divided into three parts. Part I analyses the protection of cultural property as well as individual criminal responsibility for its destruction in international treaty law. Furthermore, part II examines the prosecution of the destruction of cultural property by the international criminal tribunals by analysing existing case law. In part III, the situation in Cambodia concerning the destruction of cultural property during the Khmer Rouge Regime has been assessed in form of a case study, which means that the findings gained beforehand will be applied to this concrete case. Hence, it gives an overview on the practical application of the provisions, which entail individual criminal responsibility for the destruction of cultural property.

Keywords:Cambodia; criminal responsibility; cultural property; international criminal tribunals; international treaty law; Khmer Rouge Regime



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