Title“Austerity” Policies as Crimes Against Humanity: An Assessment of UK Social Security Policy Since 2008

Luke D. Graham ‘“Austerity” Policies as Crimes Against Humanity: An Assessment of UK Social Security Policy Since 2008’ (2018) 9 Queen Mary Law Journal 7: https://heinonline.org/HOL/P?h=hein.journals/qmlj9&i=7

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Luke D. Graham

The University of Manchester - School of Law

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

This article will examine as to whether U.K. social security policies since 2008 could constitute one or more crimes against humanity (CAH). This examination will focus on the likely approach of the International Criminal Court (ICC) based upon an analysis of existing international criminal jurisprudence including the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Following on from defining what constitutes a CAH, the extent to which social security policy in the U.K. may have been an attack for the purpose of constituting a CAH will be explored. Following this, the extent to which the pre-requisite mental element is satisfied will be analysed. It will ultimately be concluded that austerity driven social security policy in the U.K. can amount to crime against humanity of other inhumane acts under article 7 (1) (k) of the Rome Statute.

Keywords: Austerity, Violence, Crime Against Humanity

Suggested Citation

Graham, Luke D., Title“Austerity” Policies as Crimes Against Humanity: An Assessment of UK Social Security Policy Since 2008 (2018). Luke D. Graham ‘“Austerity” Policies as Crimes Against Humanity: An Assessment of UK Social Security Policy Since 2008’ (2018) 9 Queen Mary Law Journal 7: https://heinonline.org/HOL/P?h=hein.journals/qmlj9&i=7 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3966202

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