The Crime of Aggression: The Quest for Justice in an Age of Drones, Cyberattacks, Insurgents, and Autocrats

Princeton Univ. (Human Rights & Crimes Against Humanity, Bk. 31). Jun. 2019. 256p. notes. index. ISBN 9780691169873. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780691191355. CRIME
Weisbord (criminal & international law, Queen’s Univ. Law Sch.) explores aggression as an international offense against peace. As a drafter of the new international prohibition that holds individual leaders responsible for starting unjust wars, Weisbord offers an intimate, behind-the-scenes view of why and how the International Criminal Court established the “crime of aggression” as a prosecutable offense. The author deftly lays out an analysis of the Nuremberg tribunal and trials to exhibit how crimes of aggression are defined and what distinguishes them as acts by individuals as opposed to traditional war driven by a nation state where leaders don’t get called out for particular forms of violence. Weisbord also looks at the history of the Cold War and the ignoring of aggression. As the Cold War ended, Weisbord argues, other ideological battles brought the issue to the forefront once again. For example, he critiques the attacks on Kuwait by Saddam Hussein, U.S. actions in Iraq, ongoing use of spy drones, and the coming storm of cybercrime driven by individual actors.
VERDICT Informative and well written, this work is ideal for those who enjoy exploring the intersection of politics, sociocultural history, and war

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