Thursday, October 29, 2015

deGuzman: The Elusive Essence of Crimes Against Humanity

Margaret M. deGuzman (Temple Univ. - Law) has posted The Elusive Essence of Crimes Against Humanity (in Essays in Honour of Roger Clark, William A. Schabas et al. eds., 2015). Here's 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.