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This work tracks two dynamics: the evolution of genocide into an international crime and the erosion of sovereign immunity as a defense to prosecution. Both dynamics meet in the trials of Slobodan Milosevic for the Bosnian genocide at Srebrenica and Saddam Hussein for the Kurdish and Marsh Arab genocides. While one despot meets his fate before an international tribunal, the other will face justice before a domestic court of his own countrymen. Neither can hide behind the shield of sovereignty – dictators now have nowhere to hide.
About the Author
The Author: Michael J. Kelly is Associate Professor of International Law at Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska. He received his B.A. in political science and J.D. from Indiana University, and his LL.M. in international law from Georgetown University. He is most recently co-author with Raneta Lawson Mack of Equal Justice in the Balance: America’s Legal Responses to the Emerging Terrorist Threat (2004).