Genocide is widely acknowledged as ‘the crime of crimes’. Such universal condemnation understandably triggers both loose talk (calling each and every massacre ‘genocide’) and utter reluctance in political circles to use the ‘G-word’. The social construction of genocide reflects the deeper question whether the rigid legal concept of genocide – as it emerges in the Genocide Convention and has been maintained ever since – still corresponds with the historical and social perception of the phenomenon. This book is the product of an intellectual encounter between scholars of historical and legal disciplines which have joined forces to address this question. The authors are strongly inspired by the idea that the multi-disciplinary research of and education on genocide may contribute to a more appropriate reaction and prevention of genocide.
Harmen G. van der Wilt, Ph.D.(1993) in International Law, is Professor of International Criminal Law at the University of Amsterdam. He has published extensively on extradition, international criminal tribunals and European criminal law.
Jeroen Vervliet studied history and law at the University of Amsterdam and is currently Director of the Peace Palace Library in The Hague.
Göran Sluiter is Professor in the Law of International Criminal Procedure at the University of Amsterdam and lawyer at Böhler Advocaten, Amsterdam.
Johannes Houwink ten Cate, Ph.D. (1995) in history,Utrecht University, is Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He has published extensively on the persecution of the Jews in the occupied Dutch territories.
Table of contents
Johannes Houwink ten Cate and Harmen van der Wilt;
Raphael Lemkin (1900-1959) and the Genocide Convention of 1948. Brief Biographical and Bibliographical Notes
About the Authors; Keynote Addresses;
1. Genocide and Crimes against Humanity: Clarifying the Relationship
2. The Drafting and Development of the 1948 Convention on Genocide and the Politics of International Law
3. Understanding the Milošević Case: Legacy of an Unfinished Trial
Procedure and Substance
4. Between Hate Speech and Mass Murder: How to Recognize Incitement to Genocide
Harmen van der Wilt;
5. The Meaning of the Word “Destroy” and its Implications for the Wider Understanding of the Concept of Genocide
Larissa van den Herik;
6. Criminologically Explained Reality of Genocide, Structure of the Offence and the ‘Intent to Destroy’ Requirement
7. Defending the ‘Undefendable’? Taking Judicial Notice of Genocide
Göran Sluiter and Koen Vriend;
8. Compensating Victims of Genocide
9. Why Compensation is a Mixed Blessing
10. Some Measure of Justice. The Holocaust Era Restitution Campaign of the 1990s
11. On the Outlawing of Genocide Denial
Johannes Houwink ten Cate;
12. Les Fleurs du Mal, The Need to Confront Holocaust Distortion
13. The United States and the Genocide Convention: The Sovereignty Package in Perspective
14. The Soviet Perspective on the Drafting of the UN Genocide Convention
15. Truths, Memories and Histories in the Archives of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
16. Truths, Memories and Historians in the Archives of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
17. Sixty Years UN Genocide Convention – New Challenges for Genocide Education
18. Genocide and Education
If the Whole Body Dies: Raphael Lemkin and the Treaty Against Genocide
Historians, sociologists, scholars in international relations, international lawyers, criminal lawyers. In short: all those interested in the political, legal and historical aspects of genocide.