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The Concept of Race in International Criminal Law

1st Edition

By Carola Lingaas


312 pages

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pub: 2019-10-07
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Members of racial groups are protected under international law against genocide, persecution, and apartheid. But what is race – and why was this contentious term not discussed when drafting the Statute of the International Criminal Court? Although the law uses this term, is it legitimate to talk about race today, let alone convict anyone for committing a crime against a racial group?

This book is the first comprehensive study of the concept of race in international criminal law. It explores the theoretical underpinnings for the crimes of genocide, apartheid, and persecution, and analyses all the relevant legal instruments, case law and scholarship. It exposes how the international criminal tribunals have largely circumvented the topic of race, and how incoherent jurisprudence has resulted in inconsistent protection. The book provides important new interpretations of a problematic concept by subjecting it to a multifaceted and interdisciplinary analysis. The study argues that race in international criminal law should be constructed according to the perpetrator's perception of the victims’ ostensible racial otherness. The perpetrator’s imagination as manifested through his behaviour defines the victims’ racial group membership.

It will be of interest to students and practitioners of international criminal law, as well as those studying genocide, apartheid, and race in domestic and international law.

Table of Contents

1.Constructing Race for International Criminal Law; 2. Historical Aspects of Race; 3. The Concept of Race in the Law of Genocide; 4. The Concept of Race in the Law of Apartheid; 5. The Concept of Race in the Law of Persecution; 6. Conclusion;

About the Author

Carola Lingaas is an Associate Professor of Law at VID Specialized University in Oslo (Norway). She holds a PhD in international criminal law from the University of Oslo. She has published within the areas of international criminal law, human rights law, and migration. In most of her research projects, Professor Lingaas draws on research from the social sciences for the interpretation of the law. Prior to joining academia, Carola Lingaas worked for several years for the Red Cross, nationally and internationally.

About the Series

International and Comparative Criminal Justice

International and Comparative Criminal Justice
This series explores the new and rapidly developing field of international and comparative criminal justice and engages with its most important emerging themes and debates. It focuses on three interrelated aspects of scholarship which go to the root of understanding the nature and significance of international criminal justice in the broader context of globalization and global governance. These include: the theoretical and methodological problems posed by the development of international and comparative criminal justice; comparative contextual analysis; the reciprocal relationship between comparative and international criminal justice and contributions which endeavor to build understandings of global justice on foundations of comparative contextual analysis.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Holocaust
LAW / General
LAW / Civil Rights
LAW / Comparative
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / International
LAW / Legal History
LAW / Military
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations