Reducing Genocide to Law: Definition, Meaning, and the Ultimate Crime by Payam AkhavanReducing Genocide to Law: Definition, Meaning, and the Ultimate Crime by Payam Akhavan

Reducing Genocide to Law: Definition, Meaning, and the Ultimate Crime

byPayam Akhavan

Hardcover | February 27, 2012

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Could the prevailing view that genocide is the ultimate crime be wrong? Is it possible that it is actually on an equal footing with war crimes and crimes against humanity? Is the power of the word genocide derived from something other than jurisprudence? And why should a hierarchical abstraction assume such importance in conferring meaning on suffering and injustice? Could reducing a reality that is beyond reason and words into a fixed category undermine the very progress and justice that such labelling purports to achieve? For some, these questions may border on the international law equivalent of blasphemy. This original and daring book, written by a renowned scholar and practitioner who was the first Legal Advisor to the UN Prosecutor at The Hague, is a probing reflection on empathy and our faith in global justice.
Title:Reducing Genocide to Law: Definition, Meaning, and the Ultimate CrimeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:210 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:February 27, 2012Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521824419

ISBN - 13:9780521824415

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Table of Contents

1. The power of a word; 2. The taxonomy of crimes; 3. The core elements of international crimes; 4. A hierarchy of international crimes?; 5. Naming the nameless crime; 6. Who owns 'genocide'?; 7. Contesting 'genocide' in jurisprudence; 8. Silence, empathy, and the potentialities of jurisprudence.