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Part I Introduction, 1 The Road to the Genocide Convention and Beyond

Yuval Shany

From: The UN Genocide Convention: A Commentary

Edited By: Paola Gaeta

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 03 March 2024

Genocide — Individual criminal responsibility — Advisory opinions
A remarkably short time has passed between the introduction of the word genocide by Raphael Lemkin in 1944,1 and the unanimous adoption by the UN General Assembly of Resolution 96(I) on the Crime of Genocide in 1946.2 The General Assembly Resolution not only proclaimed genocide as a crime under international law, it also called for organized international cooperation designed to facilitate ‘the speedy prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide’ and invited the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to present the General Assembly with a draft convention to...
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