Three Theoretical Approaches to Lemkin’s Definition of Genocide

Hobson, Jonathan ORCID: 0000-0001-8081-6699 (2019) Three Theoretical Approaches to Lemkin’s Definition of Genocide. Genocide Studies and Prevention: an International Journal, 13 (1). pp. 11-18. ISSN 1911-0359

This is the latest version of this item.

[img]
Preview
Text (Pre-proof version of accepted article)
HOBSON~1.PDF - Accepted Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial 4.0.

Download (310kB) | Preview
[img] Text (Pre-acceptance version)
Hobson (2018) Three Theoretical approaches PRE ACCEPTANCE.pdf - Submitted Version
Restricted to Repository staff only
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial 4.0.

Download (868kB)

Abstract

This paper is an exploration of genocide prosecutions since the inception of the term in 1944 by Raphael Lemkin, its legal definition by the United Nations in 1948, and the eventual establishing of the International Criminal Court in 1998. The paper is in three parts. The first part examines the history of genocide legislation, particularly the international legal frameworks established since Lemkin first devised the term in 1944. The second part details, for the first time, the extent of genocide prosecutions to date. To do so, it employs material from various international criminal tribunals, the International Criminal Court, national courts, and media accounts contemporary with the events. The final part illustrates the politics involved in genocide prosecutions, using a case study of the International Criminal Court’s involvement in Africa and the failed extradition of Sudanese president Omar Al Bashir. The case study uses a range of secondary sources, including documents from the ICC, the African Union, National Governments, and other contemporary accounts. Overall, the paper argues that despite some successes in prosecuting genocide and the deterrent effects of international tribunals and courts, the international community has not yet been able to stop what Lemkin described over 70 years ago as “an old practice in its modern development”.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human geography. Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JX International law
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Natural & Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: Jonathan Hobson
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2018 10:16
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2019 11:28
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/6095

Available Versions of this Item

  • Three Theoretical Approaches to Lemkin’s Definition of Genocide. (deposited 19 Oct 2018 10:16) [Currently Displayed]

University Staff: Request a correction | Repository Editors: Update this record

University Of Gloucestershire

Bookmark and Share

Find Us On Social Media:

Social Media Icons Facebook Twitter Google+ YouTube Pinterest Linkedin

Other University Web Sites

University of Gloucestershire, The Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2RH. Telephone +44 (0)844 8010001.