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Towards a Philosophical Account of Crimes Against Humanity

Macleod, Christopher (2010) Towards a Philosophical Account of Crimes Against Humanity. European Journal of International Law, 21 (2). pp. 281-302. ISSN 1464-3596

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Abstract

In this article I discuss the nature of crimes against humanity. The various definitions that have been used, or alluded to, in the legal literature are outlined, and it is suggested that they fall neatly into two camps by interpreting ‘humanity’ differently. It is proposed that any theory which adequately captures the nature of this crime must distinguish it qualitatively from other ‘lower’ crimes, and that only members of one camp can do this. I go on to argue for one particular way of treating the crime – regarding it as a crime which hurts all humanity – and recommend adopting a view under which we would regard all humanity as one entity.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: European Journal of International Law
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 59471
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 25 Oct 2012 13:37
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2014 00:16
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/59471

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