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Theodor Meron

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198268567

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268567.001.0001

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Crimes and Accountability in Shakespeare *

Crimes and Accountability in Shakespeare *

Chapter:
(p.67) III Crimes and Accountability in Shakespeare*
Source:
War Crimes Law Comes of Age
Author(s):

Theodor Meron

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268567.003.0003

This chapter shows how, in his works, Shakespeare dealt with crimes committed or ordered by leaders, as well as such related, but different, concepts as the arrogance of power; constraints on the prince's power; commitment versus interest; the leader's special responsibility; command responsibility; superior orders and the responsibility of the ruler's advisers and intermediaries; responsibility for thought alone; the observance of forms of law; capitulation to pressure to commit crimes; Richard III as a Machiavellian prince; and responsibility for war crimes such as the massacre of French prisoners of war at Agincourt.

Keywords:   power, crimes, special responsibility, command responsibility, Richard III, war crimes

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