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The Responsibility of States for International Crimes$
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Nina H. B. Jørgensen

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198298618

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198298618.001.0001

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The Conscience of Mankind

The Conscience of Mankind

(p.117) 9 The Conscience of Mankind
The Responsibility of States for International Crimes

Nina H. B. Jørgensen

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the categories of crimes against humanity and the idea of a conscience of mankind. There is a substantial overlap between domains in a certain area, namely, the hard core of the criminal law; the mala per se which includes, in particular, crimes against humanity. Such crimes are prohibited in all modern societies despite differences in the basic religion and morality because they are offences against the ‘conscience of mankind’. This conscience comes into play when law, morality, and religion coincide.

Keywords:   crimes, humanity, criminal law, religion, morality, conscience of mankind, law

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