Monday, December 1, 2008

Genocide Convention at Sixty!

The Genocide Convention at Sixty!
In 1948 the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide .
To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Convention the Case Western Reserve Journal of International law has published a double issue dedicated to Genocide:
“To Prevent and Punish: Commemorating the Sixtieth Anniversary of the Negotiations of the Genocide Convention” (Vol. 40, 2008, No. 1-2) [Table of contents]

The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Center for International Law and the Peace Palace organise a two-day conference in The Hague to mark the 60th anniversary of the Genocide Convention.
“In an interdisciplinary setting, both historians and lawyers will examine how to achieve a proper balance between the popular perception of genocide and its legal definition, based on the 1948 Convention.”
Dr. Luis Moreno-Ocampo (Chief Prosecutor ICC) will deliver the keynote speech : The ICC and Genocide.

Themes of the different panels are :
  • Remembering Raphael Lemkin. The Significance and Cost of Being a Pioneer
  • Genocide: The Specific Intent to Destroy Compensating Victims of Genocide
  • Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity: Clarifying the Relationship
  • Records of Genocide. The primary and secondary value of the ICTR and ICTY archives
  • Law and Politics: The Impact of the Cold War on the Genocide Convention
  • Seeking Justice for Genocide. Holocaust-Era Restitution in the 90s
  • Legal Responses to Holocaust and Genocide Denial
  • Incitement to commit genocide
  • The Institutionalization of Transitional Justice Practices in the Aftermath of Mass Political Violence
  • The Institutionalization of Transitional Justice Practices in the Aftermath of Mass Political Violence
  • Defending Individual Perpetrators of Genocide

Professors Kai Ambos, Göran Sluiter, Liesbeth Zegveld, Ward Ferdinandusse, William Schabas, Harmen van der Wilt, Michael Marrus will chair the panels.

Professor Schabas wrote a lengthy article on the history of making of the Genocide Convention and its influence.

For more literature, see related publications in the Peace Palace library on genocide and the >genocide convention


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