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  1. Colleen Murphy

Published Online: 1 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444367072.wbiee707

The International Encyclopedia of Ethics

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Murphy, C. 2013. Amnesty. The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 FEB 2013


An amnesty is “an extraordinary legal measure whose primary function is to remove the prospect and consequences of criminal liability for designated individuals or classes of persons in respect of designated types of offenses irrespective of whether the persons concerned have been tried for such offenses in a court of law” (Freeman 2011).


  • law;
  • legal and political;
  • politics;
  • practical (applied) ethics;
  • conflict management;
  • crime;
  • crimes against humanity;
  • genocide;
  • peace;
  • punishment