Justifying a dichotomy in defences: The added value of a distinction between justifications and excuses in international criminal law

Iris Haenen

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Abstract

The distinction between justifications and excuses is a much-debated topic in legal doctrine. Justifications are said to negate the wrongfulness of the act; excuses negate the blameworthiness of the actor. This article discusses the (moral and legal) significance of distinguishing between justifications and excuses and explores the value this dichotomy has for international criminal law.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)547-559
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Criminal Law Review
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016

Keywords

  • justifications
  • excuses
  • defences
  • international criminal law
  • grounds for excluding criminal liability

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