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Atrocity Speech Law: Foundation, Fragmentation, Fruition

Gregory S. Gordon


Hate speech is widely considered a precondition for mass atrocity. Since World War II a large body of case law has interpreted the key offenses criminalizing such discourse: (1) incitement to genocide; and (2) persecution as a crime against humanity. But the law has developed in a fragmented manner. Surprisingly, no volume has furnished a comprehensive analysis of the entire jurisprudential output and the relation of each of its parts to one another and to the whole. Atrocity Speech Law fills this gap and provides needed perspective for courts, government officials, and scholars. Part 1, “Foun ... More

Keywords: atrocity speech law, hate speech, incitement, persecution, instigation, unified liability theory, genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190612689
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190612689.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gregory S. Gordon, author
Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Development/External Affairs, and Director of Research Postgraduates Program, The Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law