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The Concept of Genocide in International Criminal Law
Developments after Lemkin

ISBN 9781003015222
Published July 14, 2020 by Routledge
306 Pages

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Book Description

This book presents a review of historical and emerging legal issues that concern the interpretation of the international crime of genocide.

The Polish legal expert Raphael Lemkin formulated the concept of genocide during the Nazi occupation of Europe, and it was then incorporated into the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. This volume looks at the issues that are raised both by the existing international law definition of genocide and by the possible developments that continue to emerge under international criminal law. The authors consider how the concept of genocide might be used in different contexts, and see whether the definition in the 1948 convention may need some revision, also in the light of the original ideas that were expressed by Lemkin. The book focuses on specific themes that allow the reader to understand some of the problems related to the legal definition of genocide, in the context of historical and recent developments.

As a valuable contribution to the debate on the significance, meaning and application of the crime of genocide the book will be essential reading for students and academics working in the areas of Legal History, International Criminal Law, Human Rights, and Genocide Studies.

Chapter 12 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license available at

Table of Contents

Introduction (Marco Odello & Piotr Łubiński, eds);

PART I Theoretical and Historical Framework

    1. Agnieszka Bieńczyk-Missala, Rafał Lemkin’s Concept of Genocide vs. the Genocide Convention;
    2. Olga Wasiuta, Crime of genocide in Ukraine (1932-1933);
    3. Hanna Schieve, Kingpins of Contention: Local-level Dynamics of Mobilization in the Rwandan Genocide;
    4. PART II International and National Legal Dimensions;

    5. Tamas Hoffmann, The crime of genocide in its (nearly) infinite domestic variety;
    6. Kamil Boczek - Responsibility of members of the government and other public officials pursuant to Article IV of the 1948 UN Convention on the Protection and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide;
    7. Łukasz Dawid Dąbrowski, Transnational Corporations’ Liability for Genocide under International Law;
    8. PART III Challenges and New Developments;

    9. Ruth Amir, Probing the Boundaries of the Genocide Convention: Children as a Protected Group;
    10. Michala Chadimova, Interaction between Genocide and Superior Responsibility - Conviction for a Special Intent Crime without Proving Special Intent!?;
    11. Milena Ingelevič-Citak & Marcin Marcinko, "Kill Them All and Let God Sort Them Out" or Why Religiously Motivated Terrorism Should Not Be Confused with the Crime of Genocide
    12. Tamas Adany, Blurring the Distinction between Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide;
    13. Marco Odello, Genocide and Culture: Revisiting their Relationship 70 years after the Genocide Convention;
    14. Piotr Łubiński, Social Media Incitement to Genocide – ECHR countries perspective;

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Marco Odello, PhD (Madrid), LLM (Nottingham), LLB (Rome), is Reader in Law at Aberystwyth University.

Piotr Lubinski, PhD, is Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Security and Civic Education, Pedagogical University, Krakow, Poland.