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The Policy Requirement in Crimes Against Humanity: Lessons from and for the Case of Kenya


Thomas Obel Hansen


Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster

July 24, 2011

The Geo. Wash. Int’l L. Rev. vol. 43, no.1, 2011, pp. 1-42

Abstract:     
Article 7(2)(a) of the Rome Statute stipulates that crimes against humanity are pre-conditioned on the existence of an attack on a civilian population “pursuant to or in furtherance of a State or organizational policy to commit such attack”. This requirement has given rise to considerable controversy in the legal literature. This article examines how the provision has been applied by Pre-Trial Chamber II of the ICC in the two cases currently pending before the Chamber concerning Kenya’s post-election violence. The question of under what circumstances non-state actors may qualify as an organization in the meaning of article 7(2)(a) is elaborated significantly on in these cases. Further, the question of whether state actors can adopt an organizational policy is discussed in the Kenyan cases. The article critically reviews the practice of the ICC and seeks to establish new criteria for how article 7(2)(a) should be applied.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 42

Keywords: Crimes against humanity, state or organizational policy, Kenya


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Date posted: July 25, 2011 ; Last revised: November 11, 2013

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Hansen, Thomas Obel, The Policy Requirement in Crimes Against Humanity: Lessons from and for the Case of Kenya (July 24, 2011). The Geo. Wash. Int’l L. Rev. vol. 43, no.1, 2011, pp. 1-42. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1894246 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1894246

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Thomas Obel Hansen (Contact Author)
Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster ( email )
Shore Road
Newtownabbey, County Antrim BT37 OQB
Northern Ireland

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