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Criminalizing Atrocity: The Global Spread of Criminal Laws against International Crimes

Mark S. Berlin


Why do countries adopt criminal legislation making it possible to prosecute government and military officials for human rights violations? Over the past thirty years, dozens of countries have prosecuted their own or other states’ officials for past atrocities. Criminalizing Atrocity tells the story of the global spread of national criminal laws against atrocity crimes—genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity—laws that have helped pave the way for this remarkable trend toward greater accountability. It traces the early-twentieth-century origins of national atrocity laws to a group of i ... More

Keywords: international criminal law, genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, diffusion, human rights, legal borrowing, atrocity law, international law, globalization of law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198850441
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198850441.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark S. Berlin, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Marquette University