Great Decisions - “War Crimes"

February 8, 2023 - 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
The Dubois Center at UNC Charlotte Center City

John Cox, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Global Studies, UNC Charlotte

What precisely constitutes a war crime? Who decides how to define them, and how can they be prosecuted or prevented? Russia's February 2022 invasion of Ukraine raised these questions anew, as news emerged of horrifying crimes against humanity. Sadly, though, war crimes have existed for as long as war has existed. Dr. Cox, director of UNCC's Holocaust-studies center, will discuss the evolution of modern war--which has greatly increased the numbers of civilian casualties--and of legal efforts to combat this scourge. Dr. Cox is currently engaged in a research project that examines US crimes in Vietnam, and the surprising resistance to these crimes that was organized by American troops and veterans.

(Co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Charlotte)

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