The Elusive Essence of Crimes Against Humanity

For the Sake of Present and Future Generations: Essays on International Law, Crime and Justice in Honour of Roger S. Clark (Suzannah Linton et al. eds., Brill/Nijhoff, 2015).

Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2015-46

23 Pages Posted: 28 Oct 2015 Last revised: 15 Dec 2015

See all articles by Margaret M. deGuzman

Margaret M. deGuzman

Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law

Date Written: October 1, 2015

Abstract

As efforts to adopt an international convention on crimes against humanity gain momentum it becomes increasingly important for the international community to clarify the conceptual underpinnings of this category of international crimes. This book chapter seeks to contribute to that process by elucidating a tension between the two goals animating the definition: the goals of identifying crimes that ‘shock the conscience of humanity’ and of distinguishing crimes against humanity from ‘ordinary’ crimes subject to national adjudication.

Keywords: criminal law, international criminal law, crimes against humanity

JEL Classification: K10, K14, K33

Suggested Citation

deGuzman, Margaret M., The Elusive Essence of Crimes Against Humanity (October 1, 2015). For the Sake of Present and Future Generations: Essays on International Law, Crime and Justice in Honour of Roger S. Clark (Suzannah Linton et al. eds., Brill/Nijhoff, 2015).; Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2015-46. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2678997

Margaret M. DeGuzman (Contact Author)

Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law ( email )

1719 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States

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