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Sins of the fatherland

Domestic law punishes individuals who commit crimes, not families, villages, or ethnic groups. Why should international law punish states?

By Eric A. Posner
March 5, 2006

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LAST MONDAY the International Court of Justice in The Hague began hearings on the merits of a case brought by Bosnia and Herzegovina against Serbia and Montenegro. Bosnia accuses Serbia of committing genocide during the Yugoslavian civil war. If Bosnia prevails, Serbia will be the first nation to have been found guilty of genocide, and it could be forced to ... (Full article: 1167 words)

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