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Part II The Definition of Genocide, 4 The Definition and the Elements of the Crime of Genocide

Florian Jeßberger

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: 28 February 2024

Subject(s):
Genocide — Elements of crimes — International criminal law, victims
Article II of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide1 (hereinafter the ‘Genocide Convention’ or ‘the Convention’) contains the definition of genocide and therefore forms the ‘heart’ of the Convention’s regime. The definition is relevant for the application of many provisions of the Convention, such as Articles I, III, IV, V, VI, and VII. In a strict sense, the significance of Article II is confined to define genocide within the meaning of the Convention. In context, however, as defined in Article II, genocide is a crime under...
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