War or crime? The Danish Military in Iraq
P.V. KEssing & J. Vedsted-Hansen
Pages: 70 pages
Shipping Weight: 200 gram
ISBN (softcover) : 9789058504272
Denmark was one of the few countries who militarily supported the US-led `coalition of willing states` that invaded Iraq in 2003. Prior to the invasion, the Danish Parliament decided that Denmark - for the first time in more than hundred years - should actively participate in an international armed conflict. A decision that later led to the etablishment of a Danish military camp in Iraq and to criminal charges against five Danish soldiers for ill-treatment of Iraqi detainees.
This book describes and analyses the Danish decision to participate in the invadsion and subsequent occupation of Iraq (the jus ad bellum aspect) and the ensuing criminal cases against Danish soldiers (the just in bello aspect). In a convincing and thought provoking manner, the authors discuss thse complex legal issues on international and Danish law. The authors highlight the intrplay and to some extent confusion of jus ad bellum and jus in belklo. Their highlights are followed by valuable considerations underlining the importance of clarification of legal standards governing international military action.