IRRC No. 902

Book review: A World History of War Crimes: From Antiquity to the Present

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To comprehend, understand and appreciate the present legal system adequately, it is necessary to acquire a background knowledge of the course of its growth and development. ... If we were to confine our attention exclusively to the law as it is, our understanding of it is bound to be deficient as it is not possible to appreciate its present ordering without some familiarity with its past.

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