Who is responsible for war crimes?
War is a tragedy and an exercise in brutality, but it still has rules. It is a crime to attack non-combatants, to rape, and to torture prisoners. But what happens when soldiers do these and other heinous acts? And, how do you hold someone accountable for breaking the laws of war if they were following orders at the time? On this episode of Why? we ask about war crimes, who should be held responsible, and how we prevent them.
Jessica Wolfendale is a Professor of Philosophy at Marquette University. Matthew Talbert is Chair and Associate Professor of Philosophy at The University of West Virginia and Senior Researcher in the Department of Philosophy at Lund University, Sweden. They are co-authors of the book, War Crimes: Causes, Excuses, and Blame.
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Weinstein, Jack Russell; Talbert, Matthew; and Wolfendale, Jessica, "Who is responsible for war crimes?" (2018). Why? Radio Podcast Archive. 18.