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Justifying a Dichotomy in Defences. The Added Value of a Distinction between Justifications and Excuses in International Criminal Law

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The distinction between justifications and excuses is a much-debated topic in legal doctrine. Justifications are said to negate the wrongfulness of the act; excuses negate the blameworthiness of the actor. This article discusses the (moral and legal) significance of distinguishing between justifications and excuses and explores the value this dichotomy has for international criminal law.

Affiliations: 1: Assistant Professor, Tilburg University, Tilburg, The Netherlands

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2016-05-27
2018-06-24

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