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The Concept of Cultural GenocideAn International Law Perspective$
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Elisa Novic

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198787167

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198787167.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
The Concept of Cultural Genocide

Elisa Novic

Oxford University Press

The introduction sets out the premise for the research, starting with the difficulty of coining a unique definition of cultural genocide. This is due to the fact that the concept relies both on the concept of culture, understood broadly as a way of life, and the concept of genocide, which is very narrowly defined in international law. Against this background, it proposes to address the question of the status of cultural genocide in international law by acknowledging the evolution of both international law and the concept of cultural genocide since the debate originally emerged in the 1940s, and looks at which gaps remain to be filled instead of advocating for the codification of the concept.

Keywords:   culture, cultural genocide, ethnocide, genocide, international law

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