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The Need for New U.S. Legislation for the Prosecution of Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity


Jordan J. Paust


University of Houston Law Center

October 2, 2009

Vermont Law Review, Vol. 33, p. 718, 2009
U of Houston Law Center No. 2009-A-24

Abstract:     
The essay identifies serious defects in present U.S. legislation for prosecution of genocide and changes that are necessary for U.S. compliance with the Genocide Convention. It also notes that there is no U.S. legislation that allows prosecution of crimes against humanity as such and offers an example of needed legislation. New legislation would provide flexibility for the U.S. with respect to its obligation to either prosecute or extradite persons accused of such core crimes.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 13

Keywords: crimes against humanity, core crimes, extradite, genocide, ICC, incorporation by reference, international crime, legislation, prosecute, treaty

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Date posted: October 2, 2009  

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Paust, Jordan J., The Need for New U.S. Legislation for the Prosecution of Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity (October 2, 2009). Vermont Law Review, Vol. 33, p. 718, 2009; U of Houston Law Center No. 2009-A-24. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1481827

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