The multiple aspects of ‘time’ rendering justice for war crimes in Iraq

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This article takes the starting point in an examination of the case study of accountability for UK war crimes in Iraq, to engage recent developments in the transitional justice field. The article observes that while some passage of time in the context of war-related crimes tends to be a precondition for any kind of justice, the passage of time can easily end up complicating and obscuring the prospects for justice. The article demonstrates how accountability at the domestic level for these crimes has become increasingly implausible with time, partly due to the development of a prevailing narrative of 'cycles' of ineffective investigations (and re-investigations) that have become politically loaded and increasingly unpopular especially in what could be labelled the 'pro-military establishment'.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)878-904
Number of pages27
JournalInternational Criminal Law Review
Issue number5
Early online date30 Mar 2021
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 27 Apr 2021

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© koninklijke brill nv, leiden, 2021.


  • Transitional justice
  • War crimes Iraq
  • United Kingdom
  • Military crimes
  • Combat impunity
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Law
  • Sociology and Political Science


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