State Responsibility and the 1948 Genocide Convention

Nina Jørgenson

in The Reality of International Law

Published in print October 1999 | ISBN: 9780198268376
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683510 | DOI:
State Responsibility and the 1948 Genocide Convention

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This chapter examines state responsibility in relation to the 1948 Genocide Convention. It suggests that the travaux preparatoires of the convention indicate a certain amount of confusion among the drafters, who were keen to reflect the popular spirit of the age but were hampered by the conservatism of states. It concludes that it is arguable that Article IX was deliberately left ambiguous as the question of state responsibility was so difficult to settle.

Keywords: Genocide Convention; state responsibility; conservatism; travaux preparatoires; international law

Chapter.  9226 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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