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Genocide in International Law: The Crime of Crimes 2nd ed isbn 9780521883979

Genocide in International Law

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ISBN13: 9780521782623
ISBN: 0521782627
New Edition ISBN: 9780521883979
Published: July 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print
Paperback edition out of print, ISBN13 9780521787901

The 1948 Genocide Convention has suddenly become a vital legal tool in the international campaign against impunity. The succinct provisions of the Convention are now being interpreted in important judgements by the International Court of Justice, the ad hoc Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, and a growing number of domestic courts.

In this definitive work William A. Schabas focuses on the judicial interpretation of the Convention, debates in the International Law Commission, political statements in bodies like the General Assembly of the United Nations, and the growing body of case law. Detailed attention is given to the concept of protected groups, to the quantitative dimension of genocide, to problems of criminal prosecution including defenses and complicity, and to issues of international judicial cooperations such as extradition.

He also explores the duty to prevent genocide, and the consequences this may have on the emerging law of humanitarian intervention.

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International Criminal Law
1. Origins of the legal prohibition of genocide
2. Drafting of the Convention and subsequent normative developments
3. Groups protected by the Convention
4. The physical element of the offence of actus reus
5. The mental element of the offence or mens rea
6. 'Other acts' of genocide
7. Defences to genocide
8. Prosecution of genocide by international and domestic tribunals
9. State responsibility and the role of the international court of justice
10. Prevention of genocide
11. Treaty law questions and the Convention