FOR WAR CRIMES*
Maj. William H. Parks **
An historical and comparative analysis of war crimes trials involving
command responsibility in order to determine the standards of conduct
required of a military commander in combat with regard to the prevention,
investigation, reporting, and prosecution of war crimes. The author
includes as part of his examination a view of the criminal responsibility
of the combat commander, possible offenses, and the degree of intent
required under both domestic and international law.
Because of the document's length (100 pages of A4 - 46,000 words)
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This article is adapted from a thesis presented
to The Judge Advocate General’s School, U. S. Army, Charlottesville,
Virginia, while the author was a member of the 21st Advanced Course. The
opinions and conclusions presented herein are those of the author and do
not necessarily represent the views of The Judge Advocate General’s School
or any other governmental agency.
U. S. Marine Corps; Instructor, Criminal Law and International Law
Divisions, TJAGSA. B.A. 1963, J.D. 1966, Baylor University. Member of the
Bars of Washington and Texas, the U. S. Supreme Court, and the U. S. Court
of Military Appeals.