Group acting with a common purpose

Marjolein Cupido*

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Criminal responsibility for contributing to a group acting with a common purpose is a key – yet controversial – issue in ICL. On the one hand, it is well-known that international crimes are normally committed by groups of people acting pursuant to joint plans or agreements. This calls for liability theories that establish responsibility based on the accused’s participation in a collective criminal effort. On the other hand, the principles of individual criminal responsibility and personal guilt proscribe the attribution of crimes committed by others to the accused merely because of his/her membership in a group or organization.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationModes of Liability in International Criminal Law
EditorsJérôme de Hemptinne, Robert Roth, Elies van Sliedregt
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press 2010
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9781108678957
ISBN (Print)9781108492171
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019


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