The Law of Armed Conflict

15 October 2010

Associate Professor Ben Saul examines the case of three Australian soldiers charged for an operation that killed five children in Afghanistan in an opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald.

"Australia must take the law of armed conflict seriously, even when it means prosecuting our own," he writes.

"Respect for the legal process is the only thing that safeguards Australia against impunity for crimes in war.

"Impunity paralyses our fighting effectiveness and destroys the moral authority of our democracy in war.

"Above all, impunity dishonours the legacy of those many fine Australians who have fought lawfully and with restraint."

View the entire article - Criticism of military charges a shameless political attack - Sydney Morning Herald

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