Command responsibility and failure to act – Factsheet

31 October 2013

Factsheet on universal jurisdiction over war crimes. In particular, the following questions/topics are addressed: introduction to command responsibility; perpetrator responsibility for failing to act; command responsibility for failing to act; customary law; a superior’s failure to act considered as a grave breach; case law of the Ad Hoc international criminal tribunals; command responsibility according to the Statute of the International Criminal Court; responsibility for failing to act during a non-international armed conflict.

Command responsibility and failure to act – Factsheet