From Aggression to Atrocity: Rethinking the History of International Criminal Law

Oxford Handbook of International Criminal Law, Forthcoming

32 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2016 Last revised: 16 Sep 2016

Samuel Moyn

Harvard University

Date Written: July 7, 2016

Abstract

Explaining the shift from the priority of the charge of "aggression" in the beginning of the field of international criminal law to its exclusion in the age of the its reinvention around a suite of atrocity charges is the central task for historians in understanding this domain — and it also should matter for observers of the world today. Yet routinely, international criminal law is presented as running through a smooth trajectory, rather than a stark reversal or at least massive shift. For this reason, this essay gathers together elements for a case for the transformation in the first place, and floats some hypotheses about its timing and causes.

Keywords: international criminal law

Suggested Citation

Moyn, Samuel, From Aggression to Atrocity: Rethinking the History of International Criminal Law (July 7, 2016). Oxford Handbook of International Criminal Law, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2805952

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