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Prof. Andrew Clapham: Ukraine Can Change the Future of Prosecuting Crimes of Aggression

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This essay challenges the idea that all soldiers are entitled to kill other combatants in wartime. The moves towards prosecuting aggression in Ukraine force us to think about the liability of ordinary soldiers for fighting. Taking a life as part of a war of aggression is now seen as an arbitrary deprivation of life – a human rights violation. The crime of aggression could extend beyond the leadership down into to the military ranks.

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