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Author Hagopian, Patrick, author.

Title American immunity : war crimes and the limits of international law / Patrick Hagopian
Published Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, [2013]


Description 1 online resource
Series Culture, politics, and the cold war
Culture, politics, and the Cold War.
Contents "A very simple provision" : the uniform code of military justice and the jurisdictional gap -- "Treaty law" and "murdering wives" : the widening of the jurisdictional gap -- "A very undesirable situation" : Sam Ervin and the constitutional rights subcommittee -- "Uncharted legal waters" : the My Lai Massacre and the Jordan memorandum -- A "tragedy of major proportions" : the peers inquiry and the house subcommittee report -- "Inexcusable and terrible" : the Calley Conviction and the abandonment of the effort to try the My Lai veterans -- "Why can't we just shoot them all?" MEJA and the first prosecutions in federal district courts -- Conclusion : "The One Significant Holdout."
Summary "In 2000 Congress attempted to close the jurisdictional gap with passage of the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act. The effectiveness of that legislation is still in question, however, since it remains unclear how willing civilian American juries will be to convict veterans for conduct in foreign war zones."--Publisher description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
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Subject Veterans -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States
Retired military personnel -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States
Military privileges and immunities -- United States
War crimes -- History
My Lai Massacre, Vietnam, 1968.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Atrocities.
LAW -- International.
Military privileges and immunities
Retired military personnel -- Legal status, laws, etc.
Veterans -- Legal status, laws, etc.
War crimes
United States
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781613762844