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The Humanity of Universal Crime: Inclusion, Inequality, and Intervention in International Political Thought

Sinja Graf


The international crime of “crimes against humanity” has become integral to contemporary political and legal discourse. However, the conceptual core of the term—an act offending against all of mankind—runs deep in the history of international political thought. In an original excavation of this history, The Humanity of Universal Crime examines theoretical mobilizations of the idea of “universal crime” in colonial and post-colonial contexts. The book demonstrates the overlooked centrality of humanity and criminality to political liberalism’s historical engagement with world politics, thereby br ... More

Keywords: crimes against humanity, universal crime, humanity, international political thought, liberalism, cosmopolitanism, colonialism, post-colonialism, political productivity, Eurocentrism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197535707
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197535707.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sinja Graf, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science, National University of Singapore