British Justice, War Crimes and Human Rights Violations

The Age of Accountability

  • Susan L. Kemp

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  9. Back Matter
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About this book


This book examines the UK approach to investigating international crimes and serious human rights violations. In 2010, the United Nations Secretary General referred to the emerging system of international justice, including the creation of the International Criminal Court, as the ‘Age of Accountability.’ However, the UK has sometimes struggled to comply with its international law obligations. Using examples from the post-World War II period to 2018, interviews with leading UK military lawyers and newly disclosed official documents, this work explains the legal duties, how the UK military and civilian justice systems investigate alleged military misconduct and highlights the challenges involved. It provides suggestions on strengthening domestic law and policy and its importance for the UK’s legitimacy as an exporter of rule of law expertise. This text is essential reading for practitioners, academics, government officials and students of international, criminal, humanitarian or human rights law.

Susan L. Kemp is a lawyer specialising in international criminal law and human rights, and a former war crimes investigator. She was a member of the first UN Team of Experts on the Rule of Law and Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict.


human rights international law criminal law rights violations ECHR jurisdiction humanitarian law jus cogens United Nations military law human rights military justice civilian justice military misconduct domestic acountability legal and policy recommendations ICC complementarity assessments

Authors and affiliations

  • Susan L. Kemp
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  1. 1.EdinburghUK

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