Journal Article

Mass Murder

O. Sara Liwerant

in Journal of International Criminal Justice

Volume 5, issue 4, pages 917-939
Published in print September 2007 | ISSN: 1478-1387
Published online September 2007 | e-ISSN: 1478-1395 | DOI:
Mass Murder

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How do we think about mass murder? While the principle of responsibility provides an effective mechanism for the repression of mass murder (notably through Article 25 ICCSt.), analysis of the ‘acting out’ of mass murder by perpetrators requires a criminological perspective. Analysis of criminogenic processes, and of genocidal logic, helps us go some way in understanding how perpetrators ‘act out’ mass murder. Such an approach also leads us to identify a long silence in the social sciences: mass murder has become a legitimate field of social scientific study only recently; it also has the advantage of exposing the shortcomings of many concepts. This article deals with works focusing on ‘mass murder’ and suggests new research paths in the social sciences.

Journal Article.  9730 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law ; International Law

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