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

13 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2009  

Jordan J. Paust

University of Houston Law Center

Date Written: October 2, 2009

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.

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

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1481827

Jordan J. Paust (Contact Author)

University of Houston Law Center ( email )

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Houston, TX 77204-6060
United States

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