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The Differing Concepts of War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity in International Criminal Law

Bing Bing Jia

in The Reality of International Law

Published in print October 1999 | ISBN: 9780198268376
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683510 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268376.003.0011
The Differing Concepts of War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity in International Criminal Law

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This chapter examines the concepts of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the context of international criminal law. It analyses whether there is a customary rule that allows for charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity to be considered as the same offence, and evaluates how customary international law treats these two types of crime. It explores the possibility of hierarchical distinction between these two crimes in terms of gravity.

Keywords: war crimes; crimes against humanity; international law; criminal law; customary rule

Chapter.  14358 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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