Ideas of collective responsibility challenge the doctrine of
individual responsibility that is the dominant paradigm in law and
liberal political theory. But little attention is given to the
consequences of holding groups accountable for wrongdoing. Groups
are not amenable to punishment in the way that individuals are. Can
they be punished - and if so, how - or are other remedies
available? The topic crosses the borders of law, philosophy and
political science, and in this volume specialists in all three
areas contribute their perspectives. They examine the limits of
individual criminal liability in addressing atrocity, the meanings
of punishment and responsibility, the distribution of group
punishment to a group's members, and the means by which collective
accountability can be expressed. In doing so, they reflect on the
legacy of the Nuremberg Trials, on the philosophical understanding
of collective responsibility, and on the place of collective
accountability in international political relations.
Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
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• Richard Vernon
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