How is Humanity Harmed by Genocide

Lawrence May

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    Genocide is the worst of the crimes with which a person can be charged in international criminal law.1 It was defined in the Genocide Convention as: 'any of the following acts committed with in- tent to destroy (in whole or in part) a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group as such.'2 Genocide, originally listed under the category of crimes against humanity, was the most serious category of international crime during the Nur- emberg trials.3 The Rome Charter of the Interna- tional Criminal Court has elevated genocide into its own separate and most serious category.4 Yet, scant attention is paid to the precise harm of genocide. This article intends to partially fill this gap by arguing that the harm of genocide is not based on the damage to the groups in question, but on the damage to humanity when individuals lose their group-affiliations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-26
    Number of pages26
    JournalInternational Legal Theory
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

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