Critical Criminological Perspectives

Killing on Command

The Defence of Superior Orders in Modern Combat

Authors: O'Sullivan, Carmel

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  • Provides a timely investigation into how and why illegal killing occurs in war 
  • Draws on interdisciplinary analysis of the social, psychological and biological factors which affect a soldier's mental state 
  • Examines the legality of the practicalities and  realities faced by a modern soldier
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This book explores the unique social and environmental factors which influence soldiers to commit war crimes. With a focus on decision-making processes, this monograph provides a significant interdisciplinary analysis of how soldiers decide to follow the commands of their superior officers, even if that means acting illegally. Making the key distinction between normal civilian society and the shocking realities of war, the author facilitates the reader with a comprehensive understanding of what a front-line soldier faces in contemporary combat situations. 
Killing on Command presents the limits of the law in preventing the occurrence of war crimes. Realistic and practical measures for armed conflict, including the regulation and prevention of violence, and the just implementation of legal standards are all questioned and examined in depth. Given a current focus on the regulation of conduct in war, and the recent prosecution of soldiers, this book will be of particular interest to scholars in the fields of criminology and international relations, as well as policy-makers.

About the authors

Carmel O'Sullivan is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia. She specialises in the fields of Criminology of War, International Criminal Law and International Humanitarian Law. Her primary area of research focuses on the individual’s responsibility in contemporary combat and whether the law is reflective of modern warfare.

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“The book makes a valuable contribution to the extant scholarly literature in that it provides a critical assessment of the overall role of the state in the occurrence of war crimes. … provides a framework by which to examine how to prevent or curtail the commission of these crimes in the first place. For all of these reasons, many will find reading this book both thought-provoking and worthwhile.” (Richard Ehui, Medicine, Conflict and Survival, Vol. 32 (4), February, 2017) 


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Killing on Command
Book Subtitle
The Defence of Superior Orders in Modern Combat
Authors
Series Title
Critical Criminological Perspectives
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-49581-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-49581-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-49580-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 226
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