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An Alternative Approach to the Harm of Genocide

Macleod, Christopher (2012) An Alternative Approach to the Harm of Genocide. Politics, 32 (3). pp. 197-206. ISSN 0263-3957

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Abstract

It is a widely shared belief that genocide – the ‘crime of crimes’– is more morally significant than ‘mere’ large-scale mass murder. Various attempts have been made to capture that separate evil of genocide: some have attempted to locate it in damage done to individuals, while others have focused upon the harm done to collectives. In this article, I offer a third, neglected, option. Genocide damages humankind: it is here that the difference is to be found. I show that this understanding has a venerable legal history, and argue that it has the significant benefits of legitimising intervention and justifying universal jurisdiction.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Politics
Uncontrolled Keywords: genocide ; international ethics ; international legal theory
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: 59477
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 25 Oct 2012 13:27
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2012 13:27
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/59477

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