International Criminal Law and the Future of Humanity: A Theory of the Crime of Omnicide

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Phil Torres

Leibniz Universit├Ąt Hannover

Date Written: August 1, 2019

Abstract

This paper argues that current international criminal law should be expanded to include omnicide, or the intentional destruction of humanity. I claim that omnicide is not a special case of crimes against humanity or genocide, but is distinct from both in a number of important ways. I further argue that establishing a specialized convention on omnicide is urgent given the exponential development of dual-use emerging technologies, which could enable a large number of state and nonstate actors to unilaterally bring about the extinction of humanity. Although I do not intend to outline a complete theory of the crime of omnicide, I do attempt to lay a foundation for future research on this important topic.

Keywords: international criminal law; omnicide; existential risk; genocide

JEL Classification: NA

Suggested Citation

Torres, Phil, International Criminal Law and the Future of Humanity: A Theory of the Crime of Omnicide (August 1, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3777140 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3777140

Phil Torres (Contact Author)

Leibniz Universit├Ąt Hannover ( email )

Germany

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