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Crimes Against Humanity: Birth of a Concept

Norman Geras


This book tells the story of the emergence of the concept of crimes against humanity. It examines its origins, the ethical assumptions underpinning it, its legal and philosophical boundaries and some of the controversies connected with it. A brief historical introduction is followed by an exploration of the various meanings of the term ‘crimes against humanity’ that have been suggested; a definition is proposed linking it to the idea of basic human rights. The book looks at some problems with the boundaries of the concept, the threshold for its proper application and the related issue of human ... More

Keywords: crimes against humanity, legal boundaries, philosophical boundaries, controversies, human rights, humanitarian intervention, law, politics, philosophy, ethical assumptions

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780719082412
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719082412.001.0001


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Norman Geras, author

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