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Part II The Definition of Genocide, 6 Is Genocidal Policy a Requirement for the Crime of Genocide?

Antonio Cassese

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: 17 April 2024

Appeals Chamber — Genocide
One of the various obscure issues in determining whether the crime of genocide has been perpetrated relates to whether it is always required for acts of genocide to be underpinned by a general genocidal policy. The problem is complicated by the fact that the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (hereinafter the ‘Genocide Convention’ or ‘the Convention’), taken literally, does not clarify the matter, for it does not explicitly provide for this requirement nor however does it exclude it. Two distinct and opposed schools of thought...
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