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Prevention of Genocide under International Law

An analysis of the obligations of states and the United Nations to prevent genocide at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels

Book | 1st edition 2014 | United Kingdom | Etienne Ruvebana

Winner of the Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award 2014

Genocide is thé crime of crimes which shocks the conscience of mankind the most because of the unspeakable damage and pain it causes. This book studies the obligation to prevent genocide under international law and more particularly the extent of that obligation under the Genocide Convention and customary international law.

Although, this obligation is recognised in public international law, the issue what this obligation actually entails has not received much attention in scholarly works and in practice. Even recent debates focused on intervention at the stage where genocide is about to be committed or is being committed, ignoring prevention at early stages. Yet, such early prevention is pivotal in order to effectively reduce the risk of genocide.

Drawing upon, inter alia, the 2007 Genocide judgment of the International Court of Justice, the author puts forward a distinction between primary, secondary and tertiary levels of prevention of genocide . Within this temporal structure, he analyses and applies the obligation to prevent genocide by states and the United Nations. This leads to a clarification of that legal obligation by filling it with concrete international legal measures to be taken by both states and the United Nations at each level, and by suggesting improvements which include the creation of national and international institutions to actively promote and monitor the prevention of genocide.

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Type of product Book
Format Paperback
EAN / ISSN 9781780682730
Series name Human Rights Research Series
Weight 650 g
Status Available
Number of pages xvi + 360 p.
Access to exercice No
Publisher Intersentia
Language English
Publication Date Oct 31, 2014
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  • Table of Contents
  • Chapter I. General Introduction
  • Chapter II. The Concept of Prevention as Understood in various Fields
  • Chapter III. The Concept of Prevention in the Field of Genocide in General
  • Chapter IV. Prevention of Genocide Under International Law
  • Chapter V. The Obligation of Territorial States to Prevent Genocide Under International Law
  • Chapter VI. Prevention of Genocide by Non-Territorial States Under International Law
  • Chapter VII. The United Nations and the Obligation to Prevent Genocide Under International Law
  • Chapter VIII. Prevention of Genocide and the Concept of the Responsibility to Protect
  • Chapter IX. Summary and General Conclusions
  • Bibliography
  • Samenvatting
  • Curriculum Vitae