Vol. 12, No. 2, October 2009
The Crimes of War Project is a non profit corporation hosting this bold and informative website on the subject of war crimes. This website contains a collection of essays on current topics such as the United Nations inquiry finding that Israel and Hamas committed war crimes during the 2008-2009 Gaza War. The Crimes of War Project also details the history of war crimes legislation dating from the 19th century. The Treaties and Conventions Timeline is especially helpful in understanding the progress that has been made in criminalizing war atrocities.
An extensive collection of primary documents and other web resources. The focus is to give the legal scholar a small library of resources to understand and review the history of war crimes legislation and tribunals.
Yale's Avalon Project is an invaluable resource of historical document collections. The Laws of War collection is of particular interest for those who study the history of war crimes legislation. Included in the Laws of War Collection are the Hague Conferences of 1899 and 1907 and the Geneva Conventions which form the basis for lawful wartime conduct today.
While this site is intended as a promotion for Michael Haas' book George W. Bush, War Criminal? The Bush Administration's Liability for 269 War Crimes, it contains useful general legal information on war crimes. One additional feature is a breaking news feed with daily headlines from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Of central interest is a list of all 269 war crimes allegedly committed by the Bush Administration that author Haas has shown to be in violation of United States and international law. Users can click on each violation to see an example of violation as well as the treaty, legislation or convention that prohibited the violation.
The homepage of the International Criminal Court details the Court's functions and history. Users will be able to easily access information about cases on the current docket. The ICC is concerned with hearing cases of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity. It is not under the auspices of the United Nations as is the International Court of Justice (ICJ).