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Why against humanity?

Norman Geras

in Crimes Against Humanity

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780719082412
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702086 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719082412.003.0002
Why against humanity?

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This chapter analyzes the meaning of the claim that there are crimes that are said to be against humanity. That meaning is not transparently obvious, and it examines several ways in which it has been construed. It puts forward an adjudication between them—an argument as to which of the construals proffered are the most compelling. It proposes, in doing so, that if such crimes can intelligibly be spoken of as crimes against humanity, it is in part because of the premise that there are fundamental human rights.

Keywords: crimes against humanity; human rights; construals; international law

Chapter.  13372 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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