On the building site of international criminal law a new legal language has been forged since the late 1990s, at such speed and in such quantity that word and referent can become disjointed. I therefore find it necessary to begin this chapter with an array of terminological qualifications. In discussing ‘perpetration’ and ‘co-perpetration’—or what could arguably be expressed by the single word ‘commission’—of genocide in the context of this book, it becomes necessary to limit the discussion to the technical, legal, meaning of these terms. This meaning is narrower...
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