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THE MAJORITY OF the literature on white-collar and corporate crime generally focuses on financial and commercial crimes. Yet, the historical conditions in the last decades of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st, such as the bloody, ethnic wars in the Balkans, Africa, and the Middle East as well as state-organized terrorism, have prompted a growing interest in the area of state and governmental crimes.

Although numberless treaties, protocols and conventions regulate the laws of war, images of concentration camps, ethnic cleansing, torture and execution of prisoners and civilians, rape, bombing of cities and of their monumental patrimony are still a very vivid part of our collective memory. All these actions can be defined as war crimes, as violations of the laws of war, ...

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