November 2, 2015

Defining Crimes Against Humanity

Margaret M. DeGuzman, Temple University School of Law, has published The Elusive Essence of Crimes Against Humanity in For the Sake of Present and Future Generations: Essays on International Law, Crime and Justice in Honour of Roger S. Clark (William A. Schabas et al., eds., Brill/Nijhoff, 2015). Here is the abstract.
As efforts to adopt an international convention on crimes against humanity gain momentum it becomes increasingly important for the international community to clarify the conceptual underpinnings of this category of international crimes. This book chapter seeks to contribute to that process by elucidating a tension between the two goals animating the definition: the goals of identifying crimes that ‘shock the conscience of humanity’ and of distinguishing crimes against humanity from ‘ordinary’ crimes subject to national adjudication.
Download the essay from SSRN at the link.

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