In September 1994, Lawrence P. Rockwood, was a U.S. Army counterintelligence officer deployed to Haiti as part of Operation Restore Democracy. Upon his arrival, he immediately began receiving reports of human rights abuses at the local jails, including the murder of political prisoners. Rockwood filed formal complaints about the violations and soon faced a military court-martial.

In his new book, Rockwood argues that the United States has gradually abandoned its commitment to the “command responsibility” standards established at the post-WW II Nuremberg trials. Recent scandals, Rockwood argues, such as the Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo prison abuse cases and the illegal CIA detention centers reflect this "official anti-humanitarian" trend, but are at odds with our nation's traditions and principles.

Join Larry Rockwood for a discussion of his book “Walking Away from Nuremberg Just War and the Doctrine of Command Responsibility” (UMASS Press, 2007).

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