Crimes Against Humanity
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Crimes Against Humanity
Specific Instruments
Principles of international co-operation in the detection, arrest, extradition and punishment of persons guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity
Date of adoption: 3/12/1973 Entry into force: -
System of protection: Universal
European Convention on the Non-Applicability of Statutory Limitation to Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes
Date of adoption: 25/1/1974 Entry into force: 2000
System of protection: Council of Europe
International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid
Date of adoption: 30/11/1973 Entry into force: 18/7/1976
System of protection: Universal
Convention on the Non-Applicability of Statutory Limitations to War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity
Date of adoption: 26/11/1968 Entry into force: 11/11/1970
System of protection: Universal
General Instruments
La compétence universelle
- X
Latest update: 26/07/2003 First published: 2002
Reference: Politique, Revue de débats, numéro 23, Février 2002
Discussion over the "universal jurisdiction" law set up in Belgium -Collection of articles
L'esclavage des noirs au regard du régime répressif des crimes contre l’humanité : le cas d'une réparation pénale impossible
Dominique BLANCHET
Latest update: 29/12/2002 First published: 1999
Reference: Revue de droit international et de droit comparé, Tome LXXVI - 1999, p. 7-52
Offence and sanctions nonexistent neither in international, nor in domestic law – The punishment is impossible - The rigid principle of legality of crimes and punishment - The obstacle of the principle of individualization of punishment.
Y-a-t-il génocide au Kosovo ?
Latest update: 07/11/2002 First published: 6/1999
Reference: Actualité et Droit International
The violations of international humanitarian law that are being committed in Kosovo are crimes against humanity. Given the proved intention to destroy the Albanian population as a whole, these crimes can also be qualified as genocide.
The evolution of individual criminal responsibility under international law
Edoardo GREPPI
Latest update: 30/10/2002 First published: 30/9/1999
Reference: International Review of the Red Cross No. 835, p. 531-553
This paper is devoted essentially to two categories of crimes: war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The denial of humanitarian assistance as a crime under international law
Latest update: 30/10/2002 First published: 30/9/1999
Reference: International Review of the Red Cross No. 835, p. 555-582
This article seeks to clarify under which circumstances the denial of humanitarian assistance can constitute a crime under international law.
Languages: Arabic English French Spanish
Country reports and the latest news releases, information on AI latest campaigns and appeals for action to help protect human rights. Section "Library": Research available by country / region / theme. Links to hundreds of human rights websites.
Languages: English
University web site created by Dr. Stuart D. Stein - Numerous historical documents classified by type or by situation -Glossary - Bibliography - Links
Selected Case Law
Case Law Websites
IHL Database (ICRC)
Languages: English
Over 90 treaties and documents, with commentaries, ratification information, etc. Individual articles, State parties, Keywords, etc.
The Princeton Principles on Universal Jurisdiction
X Date: 2001
Reference: ISBN 0-9711859-0-5
Source: Princeton University
International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
HCDH / OHCHR Date: 7/1991
Reference: Fact Sheet No. 13
Source: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
The human rights Fact Sheet Series is published by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva.
Crimes Against Humanity: The Struggle for Global Justice
Reference: New York, The New Press, 1999
Languages: English
The book weaves together history, philosophy, international law, and politics into a comprehensive account of the increasingly significant movement for world human rights. A large number of topics: UDHR, the Geneva Conventions, Nuremberg, ICC...
War Crimes: Brutality, Genocide, Terror, and the Struggle for Justice
Reference: New York, Times Books, 1998
Languages: English
War crimes and crimes against humanity - Contemporary international justice in historical context - The slow accretion of international human rights instruments – “Regimes of criminals” vs “criminal regimes” - Truth commissions – Amnesty questions…
Les nouvelles frontières du droit international humanitaire
J-F Flauss Ed.
Reference: Bruxelles, 2003, Bruylant, 2003
Languages: French
The progressive jurisdictionalization of international humanitarian law implies a reinforcement of its effectiveness, and shows that it should be considered as very much "alive". (Colloquium of March 2002).
International Criminal Law, Cases and Materials
Paust, Bassiouini, Williams, Scharf, Gurulé, Zagar Ed.
Reference: Durham, Carolina Academia Press, 1996
Languages: English
An impressive collection of cases and materials - Overall view of international criminal law and transnational criminal law - General notions - Various components of inter-state cooperation and assistance in criminal matters - International crimes…
The Pinochet Papers : the case of Augusto Pinochet in Spain and Britain
Reed Brody, Michael Ratner Ed.
Reference: The Hague - London - Boston, Kluwer Law International, 2000
Languages: English
Overview of the case, its place in the development of international criminal law - Documents and materials, organized chronologically - Judicial and quasi-judicial decisions - Excerpts of the key statutes and treaties - Chronology of events.
International Justice Tribune
Reference: Paris, -
Languages: English French
Independant newsletter on international criminal justice - Subscription website.
Revue trimestrielle des droits de l'homme
Reference: Bruxelles, Nemesis
Languages: French
Specialized periodical. Articles on doctrine - Commentaries on the decisions of various courts - Extracts of new decisions - Bibliographies - News: conferences... Special issues.
Human Rights Actors
Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) Type:Research / Education
Objective: to intensify academic research and instruction in the fields of armed conflict and ensuring peace. Future European peace order - Realisation of regional and world-wide processes of disarmament and arms control - humanitarian issues.
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) Type:United Nations System
Established for the prosecution of persons responsible for genocide and other serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in the territory of Rwanda between 1 January 1994 and 31 December 1994. UNSC resolution 955 of 8/11/1994.
International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Type:United Nations System
Established by Security Council resolution 827 (25 May 1993), the ICTY's mission is to: bring responsible persons to justice, render justice to victims, deter further crimes, and contribute to reconciliation and peace in former Yugoslavia.