Massacres and morality: mass killing in an age of civilian immunity

Bellamy, Alex J. (2012) Massacres and morality: mass killing in an age of civilian immunity. Human Rights Quarterly, 34 4: 927-958. doi:10.1353/hrq.2012.0066

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Author Bellamy, Alex J.
Title Massacres and morality: mass killing in an age of civilian immunity
Journal name Human Rights Quarterly   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0275-0392
Publication date 2012-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1353/hrq.2012.0066
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Volume 34
Issue 4
Start page 927
End page 958
Total pages 32
Place of publication Baltimore, MD, United States
Publisher The Johns Hopkins University Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The norm of civilian immunity, which holds that civilians must not be intentionally targeted in war or subjected to mass killing, is widely supported and considered a jus cogens principle of international law. Yet not only does mass killing remain a recurrent feature of world politics, but perpetrators sometimes avoid criticism or punishment. This article argues that the paradox can be explained by understanding that civilian immunity confronts a protracted struggle with competing ideologies, some of which have proven resilient, and that decisions about how to interpret the norm in specific cases are subject to intervening contextual variables.
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Collection: School of Political Science and International Studies Publications
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