Aggression Against Authority: The Crime of Oppression, Politicide and Other Crimes Against Human Rights

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Jordan J. Paust

University of Houston Law Center

Date Written: 1986

Abstract

This article addresses the crime of oppression or politicide and its relation to legitimate authority, human rights, and political self-determination. Human rights law recognizes that governmental authority must rest on the will of the people evidenced through a political process involving a relatively full, free, and equal participation of individuals. Politicide is a crime involving aggression against authority and it should also lead to civil sanctions. An Annex to the article offers a draft Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Politicide.

Keywords: aggression, authority, crime, crime against humanity, genocide, human right, immunity, officials, oppression, participation, peace, political process, politicide, ruler, sanctions, self-determination, terrorizing, tyrannicide, tyranny, U.N. Charter, Universal Declaration, will of the people

Suggested Citation

Paust, Jordan J., Aggression Against Authority: The Crime of Oppression, Politicide and Other Crimes Against Human Rights (1986). 18 Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law 283 (1986); U of Houston Law Center No. 2014-A-35. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2448453

Jordan J. Paust (Contact Author)

University of Houston Law Center ( email )

4604 Calhoun Road
Houston, TX 77204-6060
United States

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